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Testing and assessment

Assessment

Assessment helps teachers make decisions about what your child knows and can do. Most assessment in primary school is based on a classroom teacher’s direct observations or reflections on students’ work and is aligned with the Australian Curriculum’s expectations.

Throughout the year, all class teachers will complete standard, school-wide testing of their students – focussing on literacy and numeracy skills. This will  help to identify individual students that would benefit from additional support or extension activities.

National testing

All year 3 and 5 students in Australia sit the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

There are four tests, completed over three days:

  • Language conventions
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Numeracy

The results of these tests provide the school with information about what each student knows and can do. Parents also receive a report showing how your child performed against agreed national benchmarks.