Schools' NAPLAN trick is to blend test into curriculum

14th August 2017 11:03 AM
Immanuel Lutheran College Year 9 students Jocelyn Lindsay, Ella McFie, Oliver Beard and William Richards have been making model solar powered cars in science class. Immanuel Lutheran College Year 9 students Jocelyn Lindsay, Ella McFie, Oliver Beard and William Richards have been making model solar powered cars in science class. Warren Lynam

IMMANUEL Lutheran College principal Colin Minke says the value of NAPLAN testing is the benchmark it provides upon which to improve.

Students in his school achieved consistently strong results in this year's tests across all parameters in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

"The trick is to blend the sorts of problems they are going to get... into the general curriculum,” Mr Minke said.

He said that method exposed students to the test all year.

"So you are not cramming before the event and not just relying on recall.”

Mr Minke said noting progress of students in the years between NAPLAN testing was a major focus.

"For us it is as important to look at those kids individually to see how they are tracking.”

He said education was at an exciting time where rapidly advancing technology meant the roles for which students were being prepared were changing quickly.

For that reason he said building resilience to set backs was key.

"Communication, teamwork, ability to work and being able to get back up from the canvas when you get knocked down (are important).”

He said he was proud of his school's results and the teachers and students who had achieved them.