When we (today’s parents) went to school, tests were marked out of 100. Simple! Schools have now largely replaced marks-based assessment method with a more subjective, criteria-based assessment.
Your child's NAPLAN performance, shown by the black dot, is rated on a scale of 10 bands for each test. This scale shows their current level of competency, with each year level having a defined minimum standard band. For example, the minimum standard for Year 3 is Band 2 and for Year 5 is band 4. The report you will receive will generally show 6 of the 10 bands that are relevant to the specific year level. The important thing to note is where your child's result falls on the displayed scale.
The second lowest band on your report is the National Minimum Standard for the year. If you’re seeing a result in the bottom two bands, your child needs help urgently.They are only just or not even achieving the minimum standard. Even on a bad day, an average student will be well above these bands. Speak to your school and talk to us about a targeted tuition programme to address the problems. The other thing to note is how your child’s result compares with the national average, as shown by the triangle. A result below this triangle indicates the need for targeted support.