2 March 2018
One of our greatest responsibilities as teachers is to produce young men and women with the skills they will need to be responsible citizens post High School. No matter where they head after school, they will need to be able to do things like follow safety instructions, understand a mobile phone plan, write a weekly budget or write a job application.
The minimum standard is set at a level that will give employers, universities, colleges and community confidence that students have what they need to succeed in the real world.
As of 22 Feb 2018 – the game plan changed. The Minister for Education announced that NAPLAN will no longer be available as an early way for students to demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy needed to receive the HSC from 2020. All students will now have to sit minimum standard testing when they are ready in Years 10, 11 or 12.
Is there cause for alarm? Absolutely not! Just because the government is changing the logistics of the testing, our aim remains the same! Have all students at a point where they are literate and numerate enough to succeed at their choice of study, work or even travel.
Individual and group help will be given to those who need it while the rest will just be signed off as they complete the tests at different points along the journey. How can you help? First of all remember that literacy is far more than just reading words. It is about understanding the meaning of language in places such as magazines, websites and even in conversations.
Numeracy means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts, to apply these in a range of contexts and to solve a variety of problems. Obviously, needs change between Primary and High School and how parents can help their kids also change. Some tips that may help for all ages are as follows:
Literacy - Be a positive role model – talk regularly with your child about what you have read in magazines, books or newspapers. Show that you read for a variety of purposes. Write notes, letters, grocery lists etc. - Encourage your child to write – journals, letters, play word games, postcards. - Make reading enjoyable – browse libraries and book stores together and encourage your child to look at graphic features in reading materials such as photos, illustrations and charts.
Numeracy - Talk positively about maths with your child – even if you struggled with it at school yourself! - Talk to your child about how you use maths in everyday life – while shopping, budgeting, cooking, driving etc. - Encourage them to practise, practise, practise. Maths is a learned skill that improves with practise.
Leading Learning Team