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The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests skills in writing, reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.
The NAPLAN tests are administered in schools across Australia in May every year. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) coordinates NAPLAN testing. The relevant state test administration authority (TAA) administers the tests. The Department for Education is the TAA for all schools in South Australia.
Further information is available on the ACARA website.
Parents, carers and members of the community looking for NAPLAN information can visit NAPLAN information for parents, carers and the community.
Forms, handbooks, checklists and other supporting materials are available on your intranet. South Australian public schools can access NAPLAN checklists and forms on the department's intranet.
Teachers can use the public demonstration site to help students become familiar with the format of NAPLAN Online.
The NAPLAN Online assessment platform uses a locked down browser (LDB) to ensure security during testing. It's recommended that schools use student devices with the LDB installed to access the demonstration tests and familiarise students with the format of online testing.
The public demonstration site provides examples of alternative test items that will be used in NAPLAN Online for students with disability.
Applications have now closed for NAPLAN Writing marking in 2021.
Marking is expected to commence in mid May 2021 and will run for up to 3 to 4 weeks.
Markers gain an in-depth understanding of the NAPLAN writing task and marking rubric, and the processes and stages of writing development. Training and marking hours can be accrued as professional development hours.
For more information, contact the marking centre team by emailing education.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au or phoning 1800 316 777.
South Australian NAPLAN sector contacts
Department for Education
Test Administration Authority (TAA)
Phone: 1800 316 777
Email: education.naplanonline [at] sa.gov.au
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
Senior Education Adviser Curriculum, Learning and Wellbeing
Phone: 8301 6191
Email: naplan [at] cesa.catholic.edu.au
More information for Catholic schools can be found on the CESA website.
Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)
Phone: 8179 1400
Email: naplan [at] ais.sa.edu.au
More information for independent schools can be found on the AISSA website.