This morning right around the country thousands of parents will get up early to cook their children breaky.
They’ll put a little extra care into it, a little extra time.
An egg instead of cornflakes. An extra piece of toast.
They might pack a treat or a short note in their child’s lunchbox, they’ll whisper words of reassurance in their child’s ears as they kiss them goodbye.
These are the thousands of children right around the country who start the first of this year’s NAPLAN tests. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
This week one million children sit NAPLAN. Via IStock.
Across Australia one millions students will this week sit tests in numeracy, reading, writing and language conventions. Tests that year in and year out create controversy and for some students and parents are an ongoing source of anxiety.
This week two letters from two very different sources about NAPLAN are making the rounds.
They both aim to create reassurance that NAPLAN is simply a diagnostic tool, not a high stakes exam. They both seek to ease fears and anxiety about what this week will bring.
The first, an open letter from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority was sent to teachers and parents asking parents to “help keep Naplan in context.”
Parents have been asked to “help keep Naplan in context.” Via Facebook.
“Some students may feel anxious about NAPLAN but it is up to the adults in children’s lives to help keep NAPLAN in context,” chief executive Rob Randall said in an open letter.
“It is a test that is only taken four times in a child’s schooling life — over three days there are four tests that take around one hour each.”
“NAPLAN tests what students should already know from their everyday learning and there are no prizes or repercussions for doing well or not so well in the tests.”
Walkervale State School in Bundaberg sent out the letter to students to remind them of just what a test like NAPLAN means. Via Facebook
The second letter is aimed more at the students, initially it was aimed at just a small student body, but when it was read by these students and their parents they couldn’t help but share it.
The school, Walkervale State School in Bundaberg sent out the letter to students to remind them of just what a test like NAPLAN really means.
It was shared and copied to Facebook where it went viral with more than 3 000 shares from the school’s Facebook page alone.
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