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 tests assess the skills of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.
NAPLAN tests are an important tool in helping schools to identify how education programs are working and what needs to be improved.
They assist schools and the government to recognise curriculum programs that are effective in improving student outcomes. They support funding decisions and identify areas where resources should be allocated or where money should be spent.
NAPLAN also helps parents and families to understand how their child is progressing in the important foundational areas of literacy and numeracy. Students and parents may discuss results with their teacher to understand how they are performing and identify areas of focus for the future.
NAPLAN: every student counts!
More students participating in NAPLAN will provide more data, as well as a more accurate picture of how schools and students are progressing. Better data, both in terms of quality and quantity, leads to more effective decisions and greater support for all students.
In order to provide better information and greater support, all Queensland students should be encouraged to participate in NAPLAN because every student counts!