In May each year, students from all state and non-state schools across Australia participate in testing under the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
The national tests assess the skills of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
These tests provide an important measure of how all students are performing against national standards.
NAPLAN was developed collaboratively by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and non-state school sectors. These tests replace the previous state and territory based tests conducted prior to 2008.
National NAPLAN results are released to the public in two stages.
The first stage Summary Report is released in September to coincide with the distribution of reports to parents. This report shows results at each year level and domain - for the nation and by state and territory.
The second stage is the full National Report that includes detailed results by gender, Indigenous status, language background other than English status, parental occupation, parental education, and geolocation (metropolitan, provincial, remote and very remote) at each year level and for each domain of the test. This report, which relies on more detailed analysis, is published at a later date.
The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) coordinates the administration, marking and reporting of the NAPLAN tests in Queensland.
Hard copies of individual student reports are delivered to schools by QSA whilst school and class reports are available via the secure QSA website.
More information about NAPLAN is available on the National Assessment Program website .
This page was last reviewed on 15 Apr 2013 at 01:33PM