Naplan Writing Test 2011 - Page 2
I wonder how my answer would be marked by the examiners? From my daughter's preparation at school, I know the kids are expected to use certain phrases such as "I strongly believe that..", and make sure they have 3 clear reasons for their answer. Would an adult - who has not been taught the 'expected formula' for the writing, score as well? Should the students be prepped in this way for the tests? Or does it then mean it's not a true gauge of their abilities in literacy, but rather a gauge of their test taking skills?
I know the results of these tests each year are not published until sometime around December. It is a long time to wait to find out how each child and school has fared. In that sense, the tests really aren't for the students themselves, but to assess how well each school is doing in teaching those students.
I do think these standardised tests provide a good experience for our kids - introducing them to real-life tests and to filling out forms, but I do wish they could get some feedback on them sooner. By the end of the year, they will have forgotten all about NAPLAN and any individual feedback about their scores will mean much less after so much learning time has passed and their abilities have progressed further.