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Up to 100 government schools will undertake NAPLAN online in 2018.
The NAPLAN online test window is 15 to 25 May 2018.
Students in years 5, 7 and 9 will complete all test domains (writing, reading, conventions of language and numeracy) online.
Students in year 3 will complete reading, conventions of language and numeracy testing online. Year 3 writing will be completed in paper mode.
A parent information sheet is available for download from the National Assessment Program website.
Schools will provide students with opportunities to become familiar with the online test format and devices used for testing.
Parents, carers and students can use the public demonstration site on the National Assessment Program (NAP) website to become familiar with the format of NAPLAN Online.
Handbooks and guides
Each school will be provided with the relevant handbooks and guides to prepare for and administer NAPLAN online.
Copies of handbooks and guides are available from your sector representative. Government schools can download copies from the department’s intranet (login required).
All parents/carers of students participating in NAPLAN Online must be provided with a copy of the privacy notice.
This privacy notice applies to participation in school readiness activities and online testing activities.
Contact your sector representative for a copy of the privacy notice if you do not have it already.
It is recommended schools using the public demonstration site for student familiarisation purposes access the site using the locked down browser installed on student devices.
Teachers and parents can use the public demonstration site on the National Assessment Program website to become familiar with the format of NAPLAN Online.
Students with disability
Adjustments are provided to support students with disability to access NAPLAN online tests.
More information on these adjustments is provided on the National Assessment Program website.
The NAPLAN Online assessment platform uses a locked down browser (LDB) to help ensure security during testing. Students with disability are encouraged to try the demonstration tests at their school where the LDB is in operation to make sure assistive technology is compatible with the platform.
The public demonstration site provides examples of alternative test items that will be used in NAPLAN Online for students with disability.
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.
Students observing Ramadan during NAPLAN testing
This year, NAPLAN testing starts on 15 May. This coincides with the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on 14 or 15 May.
ACARA has released an information sheet for parents, carers and schools to support students observing Ramadan during NAPLAN testing. This fact sheet has been developed in consultation with Muslims Australia.
The Record of student exemption form and Record of student withdrawal forms are included in the Handbook for principals – NAPLAN online.
Student exemptions and withdrawals for each test must be recorded on the Online National Assessment Platform.
Key dates for principals of schools participating in NAPLAN Online in 2018
2 May 2018
Submit order for additional test materials (remote schools)
8 May 2018
Submit order for additional test materials (country and metro schools)
15 May -25 May 2018
NAPLAN Online testing window
NAPLAN Online team
Phone: 1800 316 777
Email: education.naplanonline [at] sa.gov.au