ACHIEVING: Year 3 students at Greenlands State School Cheyenne Ross, Tyler Hitchcock and Ellice Gow upon completing their first day of NAPLAN testing.
ACHIEVING: Year 3 students at Greenlands State School Cheyenne Ross, Tyler Hitchcock and Ellice Gow upon completing their first day of NAPLAN testing. Matthew Purcell

Testing time for kids

MORE than one million pupils across the country and 263,000 in Queensland have this week been sitting NAPLAN tests, with many schools opting to complete the exams online for the first time.

Stanthorpe primary schools Greenlands State School and St Joseph's School are completing the tests on paper this year, however are working towards NAPLAN Online which is expected to be delivered nationally by 2020.

Pupils in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have been answering questions covering skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy.

NAPLAN, the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy, was introduced in 2008 and Greenlands State School principal Kyle Low said more than 30 students from Years 3 and 5 were taking part this year.

Mr Low said the school's leadership team would liaise with the P&C regarding the transition to NAPLAN Online.

He said each year in the lead-up to NAPLAN, pupils were prepared by practising questions similar to what would be encountered in the tests.

"This is to ensure they feel confident and capable.”

After the tests are complete, teachers can review individual results to triangulate the data against the results in school-based assessments.

"This allows the school to identify any gaps in student learning and identify priority areas for our school to focus on,” Mr Low said.

St Joseph's principal Andrew Kendall said 125 pupils at the school were sitting NAPLAN and his aim was to ensure they navigated the three days of testing "calmly and confidently”.

Mr Kendall said he planned to move to online testing next year.

He said the tests provided parents and schools with an understanding of how the students were performing.

"Importantly, the data helps us to individualise planning for each student and monitor their progress.

"NAPLAN testing also provides the school with information about how our education programs are working and which areas need to be prioritised.”

Eighty-three Queensland schools opted for NAPLAN Online this year. The online transition will continue next year, with both paper and online options provided.

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