islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning


islPAL Workshop 3

Interpreting NAPLAN & Assessment Data

When: Saturday October 15th, 2011.
Who: Mr Tony Richardson and Dr Shirley O’Neill
Venue: Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong. Qld 4066.
Map: Directions and Parking
Time: 8.50am for 9am to 1.30pm - Breaks (2 x 15 minutes) and refreshments provided.


4 hours of QCT recognised professional development, linked to standards.

Other benefits

  • Pre-workshop needs analysis

  • NAPLAN collaborative de-briefing discussion, focused groupings

  • Practical strategies to make the best use of NAPLAN data in conjunction with ongoing student achievement data to inform pedagogy and learning.

  • An understanding of interpreting results and using data to inform practice.

  • Follow-through collaborative learning community support.

  • Refreshments provided, 2 x 15 minutes breaks.


$80 (see here for separate tax invoice, discounts available for students and/or multiple bookings)

Book early for this workshop – bookings close 4pm Wednesday 12th October 2011.


The workshop will respond to participants’ needs and will facilitate the sharing and unpacking of how NAPLAN results may be used in conjunction with school-based/classroom-based assessment to supplement the monitoring and management of data and its implications for practice. It will help build participants’ capacity to implement systems and processes to develop a sustainable application to deal pro-actively with assessment data in an integrated approach. It will look beyond simply addressing specific test questions and discussing pedagogical and testwise strategies. It will examine how a whole school, integrated approach to the assessment cycle for literacy and numeracy can maximize the effectiveness of the use if these results across the curriculum rather than in just the English and Mathematics KLAs.

Please complete this short survey and return it with your registration. We will plan our Workshop based on the survey responses.

Biographical note:

  1. Tony Richardson is currently a secondary school teacher with Education Queensland. His interest in NAPLAN focuses on the development of systems and processes that can be applied within schools, both primary and secondary, to help in establishing educational outcomes which are data driven, collaboratively attained and sustainable. Tony has previously delivered similar presentions to educationalists from varying backgrounds.


  1. Shirley O'Neill is Associate Professor, Language and Literacies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. She has extensive experience in language and literacy assessment, and test and item design, and monitoring student progress. She has worked in schools in Australia and the UK and her current research focuses on how schools succeed in improving literacy outcomes and manage assessment