15th May 2012 : From the NCCA ‘COVID-19 and school closures this past year will have impacted children in various ways and so it is important to keep this in mind when reading your child’s end-of-year report’.
Click on THIS link to download a leaflet from the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) about standardized testing 2021.
14th May 2021 ‘It is important to remember that this standardized test scores this year, may be affected by the school closures and remote learning. It would be incorrect to compare them with other years. Teachers and students have been working hard to ‘get back on track’ after the school closures. Teachers know that progress is being made. However standardised test scores may not reflect this yet.
We view these tests as important as the information gathered from them will help the staff identify possible gaps in learning so that we can continue to address these next year.
Standardised tests are not the only way a teacher can assess progress. On their own tests cannot reflect the extent of a student’s learning and development. The teacher looks at the result in conjunction with how the child has worked in class and at home over the full school year. A test is just a snapshot in time.
Every year we advise that parents shouldn’t be overly concerned about test results unless the teacher is. Because of school closures and remote learning, this is particularly true this year. As in other years, if a teacher has concerns he or she will be in contact with you with advice as to how you can help your child and plans for the future for addressing any difficulties your child may be having. ‘