Why do students do NAPLAN?

​The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school.

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) and numeracy.

The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.

NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

Your child will do NAPLAN online.

​All schools will gradually transition from a paper-based NAPLAN to online, in order to provide a better more precise assessment that is also more engaging for students.

One of the main benefits of ‘online’ is tailored (or adaptive) testing. The test presents questions of higher or lower complexity depending on a student’s performance.

What can I do to support my child?

On its own, NAPLAN is not a test that can be studied for, and children are not expected to do so.

You can support your child by reassuring them that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program. ACARA does not recommend excessive preparation and coaching. Ensuring students are familiar with using devices, typing on them, navigating through programs are all useful skills and a part of student learning and the Australian Curriculum. Year 3 are not tested on their keyboard skills so they will be completing a writing test on paper.

Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the types of questions in the tests and will provide appropriate support and guidance.

You can see the types of questions here, or have a go at the kinds of questions, NAPLAN Online assessment

Online Assessment - Public Demonstration

We will be having a practice test this term.

NAPLAN Online will begin around Week 4, Term 2. Further information about this program will follow early next term.​