These literacy and numeracy tests form a key part of the National Assessment Program endorsed by all Australian Ministers for Education. The aim of the tests is to provide a measure of how Australian schools and students are performing in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. We support the intent of these tests and welcome the opportunity they give us to benchmark our school. These tests are, of course, only one measure and need to be considered along with school-based assessments which are designed to identify students’ wide ranging strengths and diverse areas of need. Being point-in-time tests, some children - and especially the youngest ones - may under-perform on the day for any number of reasons.
Parents should also know that the tests are set against National Statements of Learning. Your child is certainly learning the content and concepts contained within the Statements but because of where they are placed in the current curriculum, they may not have been covered fully by the time of the test in May. Publishing these results for public viewing is mandatory.