NAPLAN: Students taking their Naplan testing
NAPLAN: Students taking their Naplan testing Peter Holt

MY SAY: Naplan is dumb. Not students.

APTITUDE testing is one thing, but the whole Naplan process which Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students across Australia are going to be subjected to tomorrow is plain dumb.

It puts unnecessary tensions on students and seems to be more about a government attempt to check on schools at the expense of the most vulnerable, the kids.

I say all this because for the past six months Naplan has been a source of tension and anxiety in the Sundstrom household.

My seven-year-old daughter was exposed to the testing with sample tests given in her private school as early as the third term of last year, when she was in Year 2.

How can Naplan be an accurate gauge of where students are at a point in time if it is subject to so much coaching and testing, depending on which school you are at?

I agree with testing, but it should be given with no advance warning so students do not have time to fret or fear it.

All of my children will undergo Naplan testing tomorrow as I have one in Year 3, Year 7 and Year 9.

Because of their personality types, it has never been a source of concern for the older boys and I have never given it a moment's thought previously.

My little girl is different. She is scared of testing, she is scared of the whole process and I doubt she will sleep well tonight - as she is supposed to - because of her pent-up anxiety.

Teach them how to take tests so they can be prepared in advance for when the day comes.

But don't etch a date in the calendar.


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