Year 7 Xavier Catholic College student Jack Buckley prepares for NAPLAN.
Year 7 Xavier Catholic College student Jack Buckley prepares for NAPLAN. Valerie Horton

Let the testing begin... for schoolchildren and parents

STUDENTS across the Fraser Coast will be part of 236,000 statewide who are testing their literacy and numeracy skills this week as part of NAPLAN.

It will be the sixth time youngsters in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 will sit the exams and Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said nerves were part of the experience.

"Sitting any school test can be an anxious time for students," he said.

"I used to get anxious before my exams, but now I'm older, I know the most important thing is to do your best and try to provide an answer to every question."

From Tuesday until Thursday will also be a testing time for parents and carers, charged with having their children and teenagers ready to perform in the exams.

He suggested the best methods were by making sure their child had a good night's sleep and ate a healthy breakfast to sustain them through the morning.

Mr Langbroek said information from the tests helped identify strengths and weaknesses at a class, school and statewide level.

"The NAPLAN tests help us identify where resources are needed so we can continue to meet the educational needs of all Queensland students," he said.

"The results are useful for students, teachers and parents because they signal how students are progressing."

Ways to help your child

  • Get them to bed at a decent hour
  • Pack them a nutritional lunch and also a treat to relieve the stress
  • Reassure them effort, and not results, is important


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