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National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

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 External Link (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.


The release of the 2016 Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACRA)'s national 2016 NAPLAN report has Queensland firmly on track to becoming one of the top performing states in NAPLAN.

In 2016, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 recorded some of the best results for Queensland since NAPLAN testing began.

ACARA's report shows results at each year level and domain - for the nation and by state and territory and 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.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority External Link (QCAA) coordinates the administration, marking and reporting of the NAPLAN tests in Queensland.

Hard copies of individual student reports are delivered to schools by QCAA whilst school and class reports are available via the secure QCAA website.

More information about NAPLAN is available on the National Assessment Program website External Link.

NAPLAN is moving online

Education ministers throughout Australia have agreed that NAPLAN tests will move online by 2019.

NAPLAN Online is a natural outcome of the increasing use of information and communications technology (ICT) in classrooms.

Online assessment has the potential to enhance students' digital literacy and provide more precise results through tailored questions.

By 2019, all schools will use NAPLAN Online unless their circumstances prevent them from doing so, in which case alternative options will be available.

For more information about NAPLAN moving to online visit NAPLAN Online External Link, the website also provides access to a public demonstration site where students, teachers and parents can sample the new NAPLAN Online test environment.

Department of Education and Training staff can keep up-to-date with Queensland's approach to transitioning online at the NAPLAN Online One Portal page (DETE employees only). The page features resources that support schools' transition planning, information sheets, technical specifications, presentations and videos.

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This page was last reviewed on 13 Dec 2016

NAPLAN Information

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) website

NAPLAN reports

NAPLAN National Reports (ACARA) External Link

NAPLAN Outcome Reports (QCAA)

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