Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Detailed answers to the ACARA 2014 May NAPLAN Tests - Year 3 Numeracy

Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing has published the detailed answers to the ACARA 2014 May NAPLAN Tests - Year 3 Numeracy.

An essential teaching resource for all schools.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Detailed answers to the ACARA 2014 May NAPLAN Tests - Year 3 Reading

Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing has published the detailed answers to the ACARA 2014 May NAPLAN Tests - Year 3 Reading.

An essential teaching resource for all schools.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Detailed answers to the ACARA 2014 May NAPLAN Tests - Year 3 Language Conventions

Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing has published the detailed answers to the ACARA 2014 May NAPLAN Tests - Year 3 Language Conventions.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Detailed answers and responses to the ACARA May 2014 NAPLAN Tests

Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing is pleased to announce that the detailed answers and responses to the ACARA May 2014 NAPLAN Tests for Years 3, 5, 7, 9 are now available.

You get detailed explanations for all answers as well as sample responses for the Writing Task

Great teaching resource.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Results of NAPLAN 2014

Release of 2014 NAPLAN summary (preliminary) information

2014 NAPLAN summary (preliminary) information published: overall student achievement has remained stable across over the 2008–2014 and 2013–14 periods, with some increases in reading and grammar and punctuation across the 2008–2014 period, and a slight decline in writing.
The NAPLAN summary information, released today, provides comparable data for the nation and for states and territories for each year level (Years 3, 5, 7 and 9) and for each test domain (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy).
The report compares 2008 and 2013 results with 2014 results, except for writing where the comparisons are for 2011 and 2013 with 2014. As each new year of NAPLAN data is added, the nation obtains a more useful picture of large-scale (state, territory and national) NAPLAN performance trends over time.
See the results on the NAP website

This information is being released four weeks earlier than in the past. The early release reflects and builds on the Australian Government commitment for a faster turnaround of NAPLAN information. ACARA, with jurisdictions and contractors working together, has worked to shorten the analysis time and an earlier release of the summary information.
Individual student reports will also be released earlier than in past years (the exact timeframe varies between states and territories) with some individual student reports released to parents before the end of August.
Read the ACARA CEO’s open letter to parents (PDF 83 kb) about bringing NAPLAN results home.
The preliminary findings – 2014
The preliminary information shows that overall student achievement at state/territory level has remained stable across 2013–14, and for reading, and grammar and punctuation has increased across the 2008–2014 period.
  • Reading: The increase in performance relative to 2008 has been maintained in Years 3 and 5. There was no substantial change relative to 2013 performance in any year.
  • Spelling: There was no substantial change in spelling relative to 2008 or 2013 for any year.
  • Grammar and punctuation: Results for Years 3 and 7 indicate improvement on 2008 results. There was no substantial change relative to 2013 results.
  • Numeracy: There was no substantial change relative to 2008 or 2013 performance in any years.
  • Writing: Performance in all years appears to be lower compared to 2011. There appears to be a greater decrease relative to 2013 performance with Years 3 and 5 than Years 7 and 9.
  • National minimum standard: The summary results also indicate that there has been some movement (up and down) in the number of students at or above the national minimum standard compared to 2013, although these are within the range that has been observed over last few years.
ACARA does not consider that the decline in NAPLAN writing results represents an overall decline in writing standards. The decline may be partly because the writing task did not engage some students. It might also be because, for the first time, schools were not told in advance the style of writing that would be tested – persuasive or narrative – requiring students to be prepared to answer one or the other. ACARA is investigating these and other factors.
There is some evidence of a small increase in zero scores awarded to some students. This might mean that some students either did not understand the task or they were expecting a narrative task.

ACARA will continue with the arrangement of not announcing the style of writing to be tested. We will explore the use of different tasks for primary and secondary students. We will also consider using more than one style of writing. We believe that if there is a focus on teaching the full range of styles of writing, then results should improve.

How is the writing task developed?

An information timeline on how writing questions are developed and trialled can be accessed on our website.

See the information timeline (PDF 1.5 mb)

NAPLAN  The future – Moving assessment online

ACARA has been working closely with partners and stakeholders in preparation to move assessment online. Moving NAPLAN online will deliver significant benefits that include:

  • tailoring of tests to students ability to better meet and assess the full range of student ability
  • increasing the reliability and validity of the assessment for all students with no increase in testing time
  • significantly reducing time for providing feedback on student performance to students, teachers and parents.
NAPLAN will be linked to the Australian Curriculum from 2016. An assessment framework is being developed that articulates which elements of the Australian Curriculum: English and mathematics will be the subject of assessment through NAPLAN.


Over one million children took the NAPLAN tests in 2014. Illiteracy and innumeracy are high stakes. Parents and carers of these students will soon receive nationally comparable data that allow them to see their child’s strengths and/or areas for development. Approximately 2 per cent of children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 withdrew or were absent from NAPLAN this year. ACARA is disappointed with any student’s non-participation; however, participation remains high and more than sufficient to provide reliable and robust achievement data. 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Mathematics Workbooks

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Sloppy educational research

If you want to read a piece of really sloppy educational research, have a look at this from the Whitlam Institute.

See ACARA's response below

ACARA rejects conclusions of Whitlam Report

19 May 2014
ACARA disagrees with the conclusions of the Whitlam Institute report (due to be released 20 May). The conclusions do not reflect the discussion in the report and appear to be based on poorly constructed questions and unclear interview protocols.
There is evidence contained in the report that is not reflected in the conclusions, for example:
  • 50 per cent of teachers say that NAPLAN information is useful.
  • There are nine ways in which NAPLAN data have been used to help schools make judgements on curriculum and teaching style.
  • 70 per cent of parents surveyed believed the information provided by NAPLAN to be useful.
  • 50 per cent of parent respondents viewed NAPLAN positively.
  • Principals also provided useful examples where they were using NAPLAN to drive school improvement.
While ACARA welcomes any feedback which is directed at improving NAPLAN, this report is unhelpful as it continues to perpetuate myths and inaccuracies about NAPLAN.
Beyond the headline seeking conclusions in the report, some of the data in the body of the report will be useful and can guide continuous improvement for NAPLAN.
NAPLAN looks at what level students are achieving in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. Schools and governments can then provide support where it is most needed. NAPLAN is not high-stakes for students. NAPLAN is not pass or fail. It has no immediate consequences for children. It benefits students by identifying areas for development.

Latest upate from ACARA

NAPLAN has just concluded for the seventh year with more than 1.1 million students and more than 9500 schools taking part. It does not come as a surprise that some children dislike NAPLAN. Not many children like taking tests at any time, but this should not be used as the basis to stop testing or make calls for assessment to be scrapped.
We are concerned whenever we hear that any child experiences anxiety during test situations. Some nervousness is natural – just as a child may find other school events a little confronting. The adults in children’s lives must put NAPLAN into context. Parents and carers should treat NAPLAN test days just like any other school day, as children take signs from their parents and carers about how to handle events where they are likely to be nervous.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) mission is to improve the learning outcomes for young Australians and it is our role to ensure that misconceptions, as highlighted in the conclusions of this report, are corrected. Illiteracy and poor numeracy are high-stakes. Every adult in Australia should care about making sure children are well-equipped in these areas and that school leaders and governments know where to direct additional support to where it is most needed. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thanks to everyone

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