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Testing and assessment

Buderim Mountain State School uses a variety of assessment methods to make judgements about a student’s learning journey and identify opportunities for assistance or extension.
Internal testing:
In all classrooms, we conduct a suite of year level specific and whole school literacy and numeracy assessments each term, enabling us to identify areas of opportunity for teachers and students. This also allows us to track student progress from year to year, identify students needing additional support and students needing extension. Students from all grade levels participate in the testing as part of our school curriculum.
NAPLAN:
Students in years 3 and 5 take part in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) every May. All participants receive an individual report on their performance in September or October. While NAPLAN testing is not compulsory, it is considered an ideal opportunity to check-in on your child’s understanding levels and also helps to paint an accurate picture of the school’s performance. Better data is created through more student participation, and this leads to more effective decision making to benefit students.
ICAS:
Created by the University of New South Wales, ICAS is a skills-based assessment program with a 30 year history. Testing takes place in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling, Writing and Digital Technologies, for students in years 2-6. Participation is voluntary, occurs outside of school hours and incurs a small fee. Families may wish to use these test results to facilitate entry to some secondary schools.