Last year, my son sat his Year three NAPLAN for the first time. Like so many things on the school calendar it just snuck up on me and before I could really protest it, it was here. I had put my objections to the test on the public record but that was my opinion of it, not my son’s so I let him decide whether to sit it or not.
His view was clear – “That’s not fair on everybody else if I don’t do it.”
The more students who sit NAPLAN in Years three, five, seven and nine, the more robust the assessment of critical literacy and numeracy life skills for individual students, schools, and communities as well as at a state and national level. NAPLAN exists to identify students who need extra support in getting their literacy and numeracy core skills up to speed as well as those students needing more challenges to keep growing into their potential.
Now as I stated I haven’t always been a fan however I never expected the actual test would change my mind rather than my son’s experience of it.