Testing and assessment


Teachers regularly monitor and assess student’s knowledge, understanding and application of learning throughout all units of work, including the use of Pre and Post Assessment tasks. Teachers use a range of diagnostic assessment tools to track individual student progress in literacy and numeracy, so that they can best support each student with their learning needs.

The testing and assessment programs at Moranbah State School include:

  • Diagnostic testing for all children, including PM Running Records and PROBE for reading analysis
  • Assessment for oral language (OLEY) and Phonological Awareness (PMAP) for our prep students, and ELF as a further assessment for Year 1 students.
  • Summative assessment tasks have been designed through the C2C to cover the Australian Curriculum Content Descriptors and Achievement Standards

Academic reporting

Formal assessment of units of work is conducted regularly and parents receive two written report cards each year in addition to participating in parent/teacher interviews. Parents are always welcome to approach teachers for more regular progress updates. Making an appointment via email or in person will ensure that a suitable time for both parent/s and teacher is established.

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across Australia. NAPLAN is made up of 4 tests in the areas of;

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language conventions (Spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy

NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed through all subject areas in the curriculum across time. At Moranbah State School our students in Year 3 and 5 participate in NAPLAN each year in May. Visit the NAPLAN website for more information.

ICAS tests

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students.

ICAS tests are not compulsory. They are offered to our Year 2-6 students and occur throughout Term 2 and 3. Parents pay a fee for each ICAS test they would like their child to participate in. Written reports and certificates are sent by UNSW once marking is complete.

ICAS tests are run during school time throughout the year at dates designated by the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

The ICAS tests offered are:

  • Digital Technologies
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • English
  • Mathematics

Information is sent home during Term 1 each year advising parents on how their child can participate.

Last reviewed 10 March 2020
Last updated 10 March 2020