In 2018, the NAPLAN tests will be conducted from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May. NAPLAN is an acronym for National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy. NAPLAN tests are administered in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and give a snapshot of how students are performing in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. Their specific purposes are to:
• collect data from the Australian population of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students for reporting to parents and carers and schools
• assess students against national minimum standards.
The development of NAPLAN tests is guided by the National Statements of Learning in English and Mathematics. The QCAA administers NAPLAN in Queensland on behalf of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. The NAPLAN website has more information about the tests including what is tested, how you can help your child prepare for the tests, and how NAPLAN test results are used.
As a parent or carer you play a vital role in your child's learning. Building a positive relationship between home and school plays an important part in the education of your child. Talking with the school may help you in communicating with staff throughout the P–10 years. Parents can provide a positive approach to education at a time when children begin to develop skills and attitudes to influence their own learning.
Parents can take an interest in their child's learning by:
• talking to their child's teacher
• attending parent–teacher meetings
• taking an active interest in what their child is doing in the classroom.
Schools must schedule the tests on the dates agreed to by the Australian Education Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee (AEEYSOC). Tests must not be conducted prior to the published date under any circumstances. The order of the tests cannot be varied.
Tuesday 15 May - Language Conventions and Writing
Wednesday 16 May - Reading
Thursday 17 May - Numeracy
Friday 18 May - Catch up tests permitted