Testing 'more relevant'

SWAN Hill College principal Andrew Sartori says making a controversial testing regime more "relevant" for year 9 students could improve their results. 

The latest National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results show that while results for year 7 students are on the rise, year 9 students were not improving.

Swan Hill College principal Andrew Sartori. Picture: LILLIAN ALTMAN

Swan Hill College principal Andrew Sartori. Picture: LILLIAN ALTMAN

The test is an annual assessment for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, testing their skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.

Mr Sartori said results for year 9 students in the test could be improved by "making it something more relevant to them".

"Sometimes if your students don't see the real need for it, they might not try as hard," he said.

Mr Sartori said the school's year 9 students had shown more growth than what was being reported in the media.

"We were pretty happy with it as a whole," he said.

"The year 7 students have also done reasonably well."

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