What should you do if your child receives a concerning NAPLAN result?
Receiving poor results can be a source of concern at any time for a student, their parents or guardians, and teachers.
Assessments such as NAPLAN are designed to measure progress in literacy and numeracy over time. If a student is not progressing, NAPLAN results can serve as an indicator, prompting parents, teachers, and tutors to collaborate in assisting the child to improve their performance.
A recent study found that almost one-third of NSW students failed to meet proficiency standards in reading, writing and maths.
This outcome closely resembles a nationwide trend.
About one-third of students scored in the lower two proficiency bands for literacy and numeracy, indicating a need for improvement.
Across the entire country, 9.8 per cent of students across different grade levels require extra assistance.
Federal Education Minister Jason Clare stated: “The evidence shows if you fall behind at school it’s really hard to catch up.
Only one in five students who are behind the minimum standard in literacy and numeracy in Year 3 are above it in Year 9.”
What if my child is underperforming?
Don’t panic, and certainly don’t blame the student as this can create unnecessary stress, lower self-esteem, and motivation.
Whilst it is natural to be concerned, it is also important to remember that NAPLAN is just one test, and it doesn’t define your child’s intelligence, capabilities, or potential.
Understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses
The next step is to understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses in the different areas of NAPLAN.
You can do this by reviewing their test results, talking to their teachers about their performance, or book a free learning assessment with the qualified educators at Kip McGrath.
This assessment can help you identify which skills your child needs to work on, and which ones they excel at. Kip McGrath offers personalised English and maths tutoring and support for school-aged children aged 6 to 16 years.
Here are some tips:
- Seek profess-ional support
- Set a routine for study, practice, and revision
- Celebrate progress, not just achievements, and
- Encourage a love of learning.
How Kip McGrath can help
Professional support from Kip McGrath can help your child develop the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. If you have concerns about your child’s NAPLAN results, Kip McGrath is here to support you.
Book a free maths and literacy assessment at Kip McGrath Torquay.
Colleen is available most days over the holiday break.
Book an assessment at kipmcgrath.com.au/torquay
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