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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.
NAPLAN is transitioning from paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. The move to online testing started in 2018.
Online testing will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information, helping schools tailor teaching and learning to student needs.
The NAPLAN team supports schools to participate in readiness activities in the year before each school’s transition. These readiness activities help prepare students and staff for the move to online testing.
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 (AISSA) and Catholic Education South Australia (CESA).
Parents, carers and members of the community looking for information about NAPLAN can visit our NAPLAN information for parents, carers and the community page.
On 20 March Education Ministers met and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020.
In light of the impact of COVID-19, this decision was made so that school leaders, teachers and support staff can focus on the wellbeing of students and prepare for the continuity of education.
Reports were distributed to schools in term 3, 2019. Principals are responsible for issuing individual student reports to parents and carers.
NAPLAN Online tests are tailored tests. This means students are presented with questions that are more or less difficult, based on how they are performing during the test.
Tailored testing means students are more likely to stay engaged as they receive questions better suited to their ability. This allows them to show what they can do, rather than just what they can't.
Students at each year level start with a similar set of initial questions. The second set of questions may be more or less difficult, depending on the number of questions answered correctly in the initial set. The same approach applies to any further sets of questions.
A student’s NAPLAN result is based on both the number and difficulty of questions the student answers correctly.
Several testing programs used by schools use a form of tailored testing. For example, the online Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) in reading and mathematics use tailored testing.
You can read more about tailored tests on the National Assessment Program website.
Minimum technical requirements for equipment used for NAPLAN Online testing are listed on the National Assessment Program website. This includes minimum technical specifications for devices.
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.
The national assessment platform provides adjustments for students with disability to support them in accessing NAPLAN online tests. Adjustments include alternative audio and visual questions, including colour themes and keyboard accessibility for all questions.
For more information visit our disability adjustments for NAPLAN page.
All parents and carers of students participating in NAPLAN Online, including those participating in readiness activities, must be provided with the NAPLAN Online - privacy collection notice.
Contact your sector representative for a copy of the privacy notice if you don't have it already.
In light of the impact of COVID-19 and the decision by Education Ministers to not proceed with NAPLAN testing in 2020, marking services will no longer be required for this year.
Please contact the marking centre team by email or phone 1800 316 777 if you need more information.
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)
Senior Education Adviser Curriculum, Learning and Wellbeing
Phone: 8301 6641
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)
Schools conducting NAPLAN paper testing
Phone: 8179 1400
Email: kadowr [at] ais.sa.edu.au
Schools conducting NAPLAN Online
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.