Note from Principal:  Tests are not always an effective method for measuring and often we have to ask why we are wanting to measure when it could be more important to look at how best to help a student move to the next level rather than measure them.
Also, most tests are only as effective as the administrator is at analysing the workings and results. For example, I have seen on many occasions students doing diagnostic tests to place them on a chronological continuum in years of curriculum. Sadly administrators have looked only at whether answers were wrong or right. Instead they needed to be looking at how and why the student got the question wrong to understand where the holes in a students learning are and where they need bridging. This error is usually due to a lack of expertise and I have seen this lead to many students in homeschooling being put back several years in Maths and English curriculum unnecessarily. This may also happen as the publisher of some of the diagnostic tests also sell the curriculum that goes with it? -jc


Simple Reading bench Mark Tests
1. Daniels & Diack - A STANDARD READING TEST      MARKING KEY Question 1-26 


2. Burt Reading Test (1974) Revised standardised reading test.                    

3.  Year 4 to 10 Reading Comprehension Tests -Graded Texts that can also be used for Informal Inventory Prose work.

4. Spelling Test

5. Running Records These are used with early readers.

6. Math Tests - talk with your teacher...
 

NAPLAN link to our support page.


Here is a link to NAPLAN 3,5,7,9 Government Testing ED QLD Support site. These tests are very broard measures that are not very good measures of individual attainment. They do however give a picture of how well students perform in reading, Maths and Writing -in out of the home test conditions. 
 

NAPLAN 2016 timetable

  Tuesday 10 May 2016
 
Wednesday 11 May 2016
 
Thursday 12 May 2016
 
Year 3
 
Language Conventions
40 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
 
Reading
45 minutes
 
Numeracy
45 minutes
 
Year 5
 
Language Conventions
40 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
 
Reading
50 minutes
 
Numeracy 
50 minutes
 
Year 7
 
Language Conventions
45 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
 
Reading
65 minutes
 
Numeracy (Calculator)
40 minutes

Numeracy (Non-calculator) 
40 minutes
 
Year 9
 
Language Conventions
45 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
 
Reading
65 minutes
 
Numeracy (Calculator)
40 minutes

Numeracy (Non-calculator) 
40 minutes
 


Guidelines for Testing 
  • Ensure students are not tired or hungry when testing
  • Testing should take place in quiet, comfortable surroundings with no distractions (e.g. TV )
  • Secondary students should be allowed to have a ten to fifteen minute break after each test which should not take longer than 45 minutes. Primary students will need a break every 20 to 30 minutes and if they need to do more than one test it is good to space the tests out if they are getting tied.
  • Pray with each student before beginning the tests and assure the student that, “there is no pass or fail mark,” “if they do their best, they have done well…”
  • Make sure students’ name, age and date of the test are written on the top of each test
  • Do not help your students with any work in the tests, except in directions. It is very important that the tests show the abilities of the student and any gaps in understanding. If the test is a Mathematics test and you need to read the written questions to your student, note this at the top of the test.
  • Students should try to answer all questions. If a student cannot answer a question it should be skipped and the next one tried. If most of the questions are being skipped, stop the test and congratulate the student on their efforts.

Note: Your Teacher will have other tests avaliable but remember there is only so much a test can tell us... 
And when used incorectly they can even have a negative effect or be miss-leading.

The Uni of NSW Tests are far indicators similar to the Periodic Achievement tests used in many schools. These test are more helpful than the NAPlan Test.