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NAPLAN

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

Type

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) (English)
This brochure is also available in 15 languages other than English.

Download the parent and carer information brochure (online testing) (PDF 427KB)
This brochure is also available in 15 languages other than English.

Reports

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 distributed to school principals in term 3.

The 2019 key dates for school principals page has more information for schools conducting NAPLAN testing this year.

Forms

Please complete the forms by the dates listed below.

Form name Complete by Notes
Braille NAPLAN test request form (DOCX 70KB) Friday 15 March 2019 Submit to education.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au (test administration authority) by 15 March
Electronic NAPLAN test request form (DOCX 70KB) Friday 15 March 2019 Submit to education.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au (test administration authority) by 15 March
Large print NAPLAN test request form (DOCX 72KB) Friday 15 March 2019 Submit to education.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au (test administration authority) by 15 March
Additional materials request form (DOCX 71KB)

Friday 12 April 2019 (remote schools)

Friday 3 May 2019 (metro and country schools)

Submit to education.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au (test administration authority) by 12 April (remote schools) or by 3 May (metro and country schools)
Record of student exemption form (PDF 458KB) Friday 10 May 2019

Keep on record at school.

This form is available in 24 languages (other than English).

Record of student withdrawal (PDF 280KB) Prior to test day

Keep on record at school.

This form is available in 24 languages (other than English).

Handbooks and guides for 2019

Test administration handbooks 

Marking the NAPLAN writing task

Applications for marking the 2019 NAPLAN writing task are now closed. It is anticipated application outcomes will be known by early April 2019.

More information about marking the writing task is available in the SA NAPLAN marking information sheet.

Please contact the marking centre team on 1800 316 777 or education.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au (email )for more information or if you have any questions.

Contact

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)

Schools conducting NAPLAN paper testing

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

Schools conducting NAPLAN Online

Lynda Secombe
Senior Educational Consultant
Phone: 8179 1400
Email: secombel [at] ais.sa.edu.au

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