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Academic Matters: Week 1

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3 May 2019

Academic Matters: Week 1

Academic Matters: Week 1

The majority of students across Australia will be conducting NAPLAN testing online from May 14 – 16. We were one of 21 schools in SA who did the testing online last year. In 2017 we trialled the process and in March 2018 and 2019 participated in the national trials. Our systems and processes coped with the increased demand on our school network, and the students adapted to the process extremely well. 

Feedback in the first year of NAPLAN Online showed that students engaged well with online assessments. One of the main benefits of NAPLAN Online is tailored (or adaptive) testing, where the test automatically adapts to a student’s test performance. The test presents questions of higher or lower complexity, depending on a student’s performance – resulting in better assessment and more precise results.

NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not students have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working, and which areas need to be prioritised for improvement. NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by our teachers about each student’s performance.

The order of the tests is very important for the ‘tailoring’ and must be done in the following order – Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy. The testing schedule is below, if possible please do not schedule any appointments during these times. If you cannot schedule another time, then let us know. Students who are sick there will be an opportunity to do the tests on Friday May 17 please contact Debra Murray dmurray@scotch.sa.edu.au  

On Torrens Park Campus students will be undertaking all of the tests in the Chapel.

 

Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Schedule

Year 7
Test
Time
Tuesday May 14
Writing
10.50am until 12.20 pm
Wednesday May 15
Reading
9.00 am until 10.25 am
Wednesday May 15
Conventions of Language
11.35am until 1.05pm
Thursday May 16
Numeracy
1.55 pm until 3.30 pm
 
 
 
Year 9
Test
Time
Tuesday May 14
Writing
8.30 am until 10.05 am  
Tuesday May 14
Reading
1.55 pm until 3.30 pm
Wednesday May 15
Conventions of Language
1.55 pm until 3.30 pm
Thursday May 16
Numeracy
8.30 am until 10.25am 

Some reminders for the students are:

  • They need fully charged laptops
  • Headphones are necessary, as there are some audio questions
  • They cannot have mobile phones, calculators, watches with connectivity or dictionaries

 

Examinations

A study session for Year 11 conducted by Elevate Education will be on Wednesday 5 June, called Ace Your Exams it’s about exam preparation, time allocation during exams and tips for managing stress and time pressures. Joining forces with Elevate means that our students have access to material on the following sitewhich contains videos, study materials and practice questions for exams.

The Year 11 semester exam timetable and Year 10 semester tests have been circulated to students and these can be found in Seqta-Engage.

 

Next Steps Conference

The last two days of the term Thursday June 27 and Friday June 28, an alternative program is in place for year 10 and 11. The Next Steps conference will have sessions from our Universities. Preparing for a career in the 4thIndustrial Revolution by focussing on machine learning and AI, with sessions given by leading experts from the Australian Institute of Machine Learning, which is based at Adelaide University. Students will have choice to attend sessions over the two days with mini career expos, talks to students about subject choices for 2020 as well as wellbeing activities.

 

Semester Two choices

I have had many students contact me about changing their subject choices for next semester. Next week students will be reminded about their choices for next semester, I can’t guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all students changes as our timetable grid was based on choices made by students last year. Any questions then please contact me.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

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