Nap time in Naplan; or, why naplan is bullocks

I guess I’m getting predictable, every time I encounter something new, I get extremely passionate about it, research everything on the subject till 3 in the morning, vehemently express my insights and opinions about them to everyone I know, until the next thing comes along that I have to deal with.

All that insight about myself aside, Naplan. Is shaplan, is craplan, not anywhere near it’s supposedly happy land. Look, i’m not freaking about the ‘stress’ it causes kids and parents, it’s been around for a few years, I knew it would happen sooner or later, so I know not to stress about the results and/or pushing my kid for top marks. Ohh no no. No ne no ne noooooo.

What alerted me to the bullshit of naplan, is the covert way in which some schools are using naplan to make themselves more academically pleasing to only a certain target financial prodigious demographic, even though they are a PUBLIC, state funded school. I’m not pushing my kid to do anything about naplan, but the school is.

My child came home with naplan practice sheets. I didn’t think anything of it, but I asked a couple of friends whose children had already done naplan, and what piqued my suspicions is that their kids weren’t given practice homework. And some of the other kids in the same grade as my child weren’t getting the naplan homework. Can you hear the cogs ticking over in my brain yet? I mean, I felt like a prize tool for even mentioning it too these other parents. Kinda like, “Oh yeh, my kids so smart, she gets naplan homework, even in the school holidays. Blah blah blah, my kids smart. Ho ho ho.” Right in their face. Oh my god, shut up, Sarah.

So I went online, and searched, and typed in these exact words: “Why does my year 3 child get naplan homework, but other kids in the same grade don’t,” in popular search engine, with little answers. Racking my brain, trying to figure out why some students were singled out, and some weren’t. Yeh ok, I guess my kid is in one of the ‘smart’ classes in her grade, and her comphrehension level is two years above her. I mean, she still struggles, but is pretty quick with stuff, and it’s not like I push her, she just does it.

Anyway, I came across different websites, saying I should boycott naplan, cos it does no good for no one. And yes, I’d do that, but my kid loves it, I can’t stop her from doing it. That’s more cruel than naplan itself. Like, the first time she did the naplan homework, I said, don’t worry about the answers sweety, so long as you read the question thoroughly, you’ll be right. I had looked at it, and almost vomited in my cerebral cortex: naplan is based on out-dated “IQ” testing from the 50’s, with content that the kids learnt two years before.

Naplan claims itself to be:

“The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading,
writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy. “

 

I still wasn’t getting any reasoning behind the dodgy school system re:naplan until tonight, when a quick scroll through an article lead me to this info:  “..5. It is a high-stakes test that pits school against school

NAPLAN is now described by its opponents as a high-stakes test based on fears that a student’s results are used for admission to private schools, that a school’s results will be used to determine funding, and schools and teachers will be shamed by the reporting of poor results. .”

I mean, why else is my child’s’ school giving out naplan homework to the smartest kids in the grade, to get their ranking up? It is the only thing that makes sense, and please, if you have any differing information, I’d love to read it. I am disgusted in the schools mentality, and overall, I couldn’t give two hoots about the system, concluding me to believe it’s all a load of bullocks!!

Apologies for ending this abruptly, I’m severely sleep deprived at 2:12am XXXxox

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