This is our 6th year of NAPLAN tests in our family, and another 12 years to go, by the time our 2 year old is in year 9. (Somehow we spaced our kids ages to have at least one child facing the test every year). We’re a lot more relaxed about it now and have tracked the progress of the older ones throughout. The tests can’t tell if the kids were sick on those days or how empathic their personality or their skills in so many areas. We questioned the relevance of learning to spell words like gnarled and knoll, because they’re not in common vocabulary nowadays. But the tests have to capture the full spectrum of ability levels, so we don’t fight the tests. If the kids can learn those words, all the better. Our children know we love them and are proud of them for trying their best. Last day today for NAPLAN for another year.

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Published 21st July 2019

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