NAPLAN, OLNA and WACE Exams
Continuing the theme of Higher Education options for homeschooling families there have been a number of posts on facebook recently regarding NAPLAN, OLNA and WACE exams and how they apply to Home Education.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.
This testing is optional for Home Educating families. Contact your moderator at the beginning of the calendar year if you wish to register your child for NAPLAN testing. Children are only able to sit these exams in the years they turn 8, 10, 12 and 14. There are some exemptions for children with special needs.
In May registered families will receive a packet containing the test booklets along with information on how to conduct the tests. Parents are expected to supervise the tests in the same manner as a teacher would in school. Students typically have one week to complete the tests before they are sent in for marking.
The OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) is conducted twice per year for students who wish to meet the eligibility requirements for a WACE certificate. As registered home educators are not eligible for a WACE certificate this exam is optional.
This testing is open to Home Ed students who wish to work towards a WACE certificate or want to access the Foundation courses in Senior Schooling. For more information on OLNA visit the SCSA website. http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/Senior_Secondary/OLNA
The point of contact for parents of home-schooled students who wish to sit the OLNA is the coordinator of regional services at the regional education office that students are registered with.
The coordinator of regional services will be able to advise parents of the time and location of the OLNA testing which in most cases will be at the Regional Education Office. Where this is not possible, home-schooled students may be requested to complete the assessment at the nearest available school, or under supervision by an approved invigilator. Where appropriate there will also be opportunities for home-schooled students to complete the OLNA at the offices of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority in Cannington.
Regional services coordinators can be contacted by parents of home-schooled students about the OLNA from the beginning of the school year.
Examination dates for 2015 are:
Writing: 9–11 March 2015
Numeracy and Reading: 9–20 March 2015
Writing: 31 August –2 September 2015
Numeracy and Reading: 31 August –11 September 2015
“The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is a senior secondary certificate recognised nationally in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and is recognised by universities, industry and other training providers.
From 2016, students must demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for a WACE.
The minimum standard for WACE encompasses skills that are considered essential for individuals to meet the demands of everyday life and work. It is this standard that the Authority will report on in the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) on exiting Year 12.” (SCSA website)
Home Educated students are not eligible for a WACE certificate and are not required to sit WACE exams. To be eligible students must attend a senior campus for years 11 and 12 or an equivalent technical college/institute of technology. Students will no longer be registered for Home Education if either of these options is selected.
“Where these students subsequently enrol in a registered school and have not either pre‐qualified through NAPLAN 9 or through OLNA, they must access OLNA at the first opportunity upon their enrolment in the registered school.” (OLNA Handbook)
The link below gives more details on senior high schools and institutes of technology.