Grafton school supports NAPLAN
GRAFTON Public School came out in support of the NAPLAN tests yesterday following a high participation rate from students at the school.
More than 200 pupils from Years 3 and 5 sat the tests, which covered language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar), writing, reading and numeracy over the course of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Principal Will Randall said the school was “happy” with the test.
“The bottom line is that all parties – teachers, the Government and parents – agree that NAPLAN is a valuable diagnostic tool,” Mr Randall said.
“We’re happy with it. It gives the parents a snapshot in time of the performance of their child in a test.
“We can then discuss that child’s performance. It becomes part of the cumulative picture.”
Deputy principal (primary) Leigh Robertson, who supervised the tests alongside Year 3 and 5 staff, said the tests meant teachers could track each individual student’s “rate of growth” from Year 3 to Year 5.