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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 is commissioned by the Education Council, a council of ministers from all states and territories that works to ensure high‐quality schooling and early childhood development experiences for all young Australians.

The NAPLAN tests, coordinated by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), are administered simultaneously in all schools across Australia by the relevant state test administration authority. The Department for Education is the test administration authority for all schools in South Australia.

2019 testing dates



NAPLAN online 14 to 24 May 2019*
NAPLAN paper 14 to 16 May 2019

* NAPLAN online test window runs for 9 days. This allows schools flexibility in scheduling test sessions.

Online testing

The move to NAPLAN online testing commenced in 2018.

This means NAPLAN is transitioning from paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. The aim is for schools to transition to online testing by 2020.

Online testing will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information, helping schools tailor teaching and learning to student needs.

As we plan the transition of all schools in South Australia to NAPLAN online, we are working closely with the Association of Independent Schools South Australia and Catholic Education South Australia.

More information about NAPLAN Online.

Information for parents/carers

ACARA produces information brochures about paper-based and online testing for parents and carers.

Download the parent and carer information brochure (paper testing) (PDF 362KB)

Download the parent and carer information brochure (online testing) (PDF 427KB)


Schools are responsible for distributing individual student reports to parents and carers. 

The NAPLAN information brochure NAPLAN individual student reports (PDF 270KB) provides information for parents and carers on how to read and understand individual student reports. 

Additional information for parents and carers can be found on the National Assessment Program website on the parent/carer support page.

Information for schools and principals

Reports will be sent to school principals from mid-September. 

The department has produced interpreting 2018 NAPLAN results (PDF 265KB) to support schools. Further resources to help schools interpret results are included in each school’s reporting pack, including the 2018 NAPLAN writing marking guide (PDF 17.7MB).

Principals have received login details for the test book archive website. This website enables schools to view the test books of any student who sat a NAPLAN paper test in 2018, and the writing script(s)/responses(s) of any student who sat the NAPLAN writing test online.

ACARA have published information and videos on the National Assessment Program website to help schools interpret NAPLAN results. 

Principals of schools that participated in NAPLAN Online in 2018 have received a link to download their School and Student Summary Report (SSSR).

Download ACARA’s guide to interpreting the SSSR (print friendly version) (PDF 5,882KB). If you are printing this guide, please print A3.

Sample test materials

Previous test materials

Test materials from previous years can be accessed via the ACARA website.

Marking the NAPLAN writing task

Applications for marking the 2019 NAPLAN writing task will be open from late November 2018 to 28 February 2019.  It is anticipated application outcomes will be known by early April 2019.

To apply for a marking role, please submit your application using the online application form.

More information is available in the SA NAPLAN marking information sheet.

Please encourage staff and peers to apply for a role in the marking centre by downloading this poster and displaying it on your staff noticeboard.

Please contact the education.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au (marking centre team) for more information or if you have any questions.


South Australian sector contacts

Department for Education

Test Administration Authority
Phone: 1800 316 777
Email: education.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au
Email: education.naplanonline [at] sa.gov.au (NAPLAN Online schools)

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)

Ray Moritz
Senior Education Adviser Educational Measurement
Phone: 8301 6136
Email: ray.moritz [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)

Rosemary Kadow
Educational consultant
Phone: 8179 1415
Email: kadowr [at] ais.sa.edu.au

More information for independent schools can be found on the AISSA website.