TOTALLY PREPARED FOR NAPLAN TEST
THE night before the big test, 12- year- old Thomas Smith studied alone before heading to bed early.
The next day he was one of thousands of Townsville students who took part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy standardised test.
Thomas is among the Pimlico State High School cohort which had the highest NAPLAN results among the city’s state schools, with an average score of 548.5.
Thomas said he undertook the test confident in his preparations. “I felt kind of nervous but I told myself, even though it was a test, I had been working on it throughout the year and wouldn’t be surprised by anything in the test,” he said.
Students across Australia take the NAPLAN in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, aimed at determining student outcomes.
Pimlico State High School principal Joel Buchholz said there was a link between what the students learned in class generally and the NAPLAN results.
“Essentially the test is testing students in relation to the Australian curriculum,” he said. “If our teachers are being really strategic and purposeful and targeted in what they’re teaching and how they’re supporting students through their subjects, then our students are going to be prepared for NAPLAN.”
LEARNING CURVE: Pimlico State High School students Hannah Cameron and Thomas Smith, both 12.