The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9, and is the only nationwide assessment that all Australian children undertake.

It is a measure to see whether or not young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning, and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.

NAPLAN helps governments, education authorities and schools to see whether young Australians are reaching important literacy and numeracy goals. It provides information about how education programs are working, areas for improvement, and which schools need support in the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.

It can support school improvement by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress over time against the national measure, to identify strengths and areas to improve in teaching programs. It provides additional information to support teacher judgement about progress in a child’s level of literacy and numeracy attainment.

NAPLAN also allows parents to see how their child is progressing against national standards in literacy and numeracy and over time. As students progress through their school years, it is important that checks are made along the way to see how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics – skills that will set them upon the path to success as adults.

NAPLAN offers students an insight into where they are at on their learning journey. By sitting NAPLAN and trying their best, students help to make sure teachers and schools have the right information to help every student in Australia get the support they need to reach their full potential.

NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process, and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.

ACARA:, 2024

In 2024, MSJ had excellent attendance and completion of the NAPLAN tests for Years 7 and 9. The tests were invigilated by external supervisors. We congratulate students for their achievements in this test and the maturity which was demonstrated in its completion. Results will be provided to schools and will be distributed to families accordingly.

As stated on the ACARA site, this assessment is only one of the methods that is used to determine student achievement and monitor progress. As staff at the College, there will be a focus on student data in Term 2 and ways that this data can contribute to an overall profile of a student’s achievements.

Assessment and Reporting

Students are to be commended for the effort they have put into their studies in recent weeks. As Term 1 comes to an end, students have been involved in a number of assessments relating to the learning outcomes of their educational programs.

Assessment and reporting are vital processes which provide information about what students know and can do, and to make recommendations for their future learning. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning program at Mount St. Joseph Girls' College.

Formative assessment is used to monitor learning progress during a learning sequence. It provides continuous feedback to teachers and students, which enables them to monitor progress and identify and address needs in learning.

Summative assessment seeks to establish the level of achievement attained by a student, and typically occurs at the end of a learning sequence, course or unit. The main purpose of summative assessment is to establish levels of achievement for reporting.

We encourage families to continue to monitor school-based assessment on our Learning Management systems which is reported to families in real time.

Parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers to discuss these outcomes in Term 2.

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Parent Teacher Student Conferences will be held in the first weeks of Term 2:

Wednesday, 17 April – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Onsite

(Students finish early 1:15pm on this day)

Thursday, 18 April – 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Online

Monday, 22 April – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Onsite

Tuesday, 23 April – 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Online

Parents will receive notifications relating to teachers who may be requesting an interview with their children through the PAM Portal.

Bookings for these interviews will also take place through the PAM Portal.

We encourage families to take the time to meet some of their children's teachers. We encourage these meetings to ensure that the relationship between families and their child's education continues to flourish, so that we may be able to work together to enhance growth and improve outcomes.

Further information about these interviews will be communicated to families.

Chantelle Gauci - Deputy Principal, Learning & Staff