Now that we’ve explored why NAPLAN tests exist and how schools can prepare, we’d like to dig deeper and focus on what teachers can do to guide their students through the experience. Not surprisingly, NAPLAN can be somewhat daunting for students – in some cases, they’re the only full-length formal tests that they will sit all year. This can certainly cause stress or anxiety leading up to the tests, both of which can affect student performance.
Helping your students achieve the best result
While it may seem like there’s not much time left to prepare, there are actually several classroom exercises that can prove invaluable in helping students achieve the best result:
Prepare your students
Prepare students for the specific format of the tests by reviewing previous tests or sample tests. This sneak peek helps students gain an understanding of what they should expect and what will be required of them.
Look at the past
Previous NAPLAN results can also be a useful resource to help teachers target areas that need improvement, either on a cohort or individual-student basis. Teachers can then adjust their lesson plans to maximise students’ potential for success. Information on reports and how to interpret them can be found here.
Do you use Jacaranda resources?
If you’re a Jacaranda user, then you’re in luck – Jacaranda resources include dedicated NAPLAN questions to assist teachers and students.
You can take advantage of the section titled ‘numeracy sets’ which are presented specifically as NAPLAN-style questions in the Years 7-9 titles from the Maths Quest series.
Teachers can also use the assessON online assessment platform to assign NAPLAN practice tests for numeracy. Questions are automatically marked and results recorded, making it easier for teachers to intervene at the right time.
What’s more, students become familiar with completing tests in a digital format, which is particularly important as NAPLAN online is coming in school year 2017.
Those teachers that use the educational online game Knowledge Quest: English in their classrooms find that it provides students with an immersive and supportive digital environment in which to learn and apply English skills.
As they progress through engaging quest-based and interactive challenges, graded NAPLAN-style questions are automatically marked, providing students with ongoing immediate and meaningful feedback.
This diagnostic support, coupled with a differentiated, self-paced approach, means valuable teaching time can be directed to specific areas of need for each student – invaluable in the lead-up to NAPLAN and beyond.
That wraps up our NAPLAN series for 2016! We wish all students and their teachers the best of luck and hope that the testing period runs smoothly so students can focus on what matters – doing their best.