NAPLAN & ICAS
NAPLAN is short for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
NAPLAN is aimed at being a snapshot of the skills your child has developed up to this point in their education, which will allow teachers to focus on giving the right support to students as the year continues.

Information about NAPLAN

http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/homework-and-study/homework-tips/all-about-naplan
http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support/parent-carer-support.html

NAPLAN preparation support via Study Ladder

http://www.studyladder.com.au/resources/parent/naplan

What the papers are saying about NAPLAN this year
http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/parents-turn-naplan-into-bestseller-20130508-2j83n.html
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/too-much-hitched-to-naplan-wagon-20130505-2j1gv.html

About ICAS

external image ICAS.jpgThe International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. ICAS are developed annually for primary and secondary school students in the subject areas of Computer Skills, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing.
Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually.

These tests are not compulsory. All papers are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school.
http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/about


http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/download-practice-questions.asp