Heads down for NAPLAN tests
HUNDREDS of Gympie youngsters were put through their language and writing paces yesterday as the annual NAPLAN tests got underway at schools across the region.
More than one million Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 were tested yesterday morning, and will be under the pump again today and tomorrow as their skills in reading and numeracy are measured against each other, other schools and other states.
Year 9 students at James Nash State High School were happy yesterday this was their last year of having to set the tests.
NAPLAN is designed to assess the performance of schools - the results are not considered for students' end-of-year reports.
The results of the tests will be made available to students and schools in September and each school's results will appear on the MySchool website early next year.
Each child's results in the key areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy are reported, as well as the national average, the range of results for the middle 60% of students nationally and each school's average for each test.
Parents will be able to see how their child compares with other students in the same year of schooling.
The National Assessment Program continues to come under fire from some parents and education stakeholders.