Next year St Matthew’s will join a number of Catholic, Independent and State schools transitioning our students to the National NAPLAN Online program.
As part of our preparations, we will be conducting a 'School Readiness Test' (SRT) in October to confirm we have everything in place to administer NAPLAN Online successfully and seamlessly for our Year 3 and Year 5 cohorts in 2019.
The focus of the school readiness test is not on assessing literacy and numeracy skills, but to test school readiness in terms of IT capacity as well as logistics and administration processes. It will therefore involve simulating an online test for our students who are currently in Years 2 and 4 to familiarise them with the NAPLAN style of testing. Students will perform Omnibus test which is a combination of Numeracy, Language Conventions and Reading.
The school readiness test forms one part of our approach to transitioning to NAPLAN Online, with preparations well in hand with our teaching and IT support staff. Our focus for the remainder of this year and in the lead up to the online testing period in May next year will be to ensure our students are ready and confident, and we will continue to provide regular updates on our progress.
NAPLAN Online aligns with our Excellent Learning and Teaching: Moving Forward strategy at Brisbane Catholic Education and our commitment to improving literacy and numeracy skills and build the capacity of our students in information technology.
We'll continue to provide you with updates, but in the meantime, you can read more about NAPLAN Online, and view sample questions, at the public demonstration site at
https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment and https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/naplan-online-public-demonstration-site .