The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a set of standardised tests sat by all Australian school students in Year 3, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9.
St Andrew’s views NAPLAN as just one test, on one day and believes it does not give a true indication of a student’s full potential, abilities or interests. It provides a snapshot of a student’s progress and provides a base measure for socio-political reasons. However, it can be a helpful tool for the school, as teachers can reflect on NAPLAN trends, which can lead to improvements in teaching and learning programs.
The overall results of St Andrew’s students across all year groups are consistently high, with results above the state means in every area. In many subjects, our students also outperformed students in other independent schools. In 2016, our Year 5 cohort achieved outstanding results in all subject areas – well above the Independent School averages in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy.