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ACARA responds to misinformed NAPLAN article

18 August 2016

A recent article in The Conversation (12 August 2016) put forward an incorrect view that NAPLAN results cannot be compared across years and questioned the reliability of using NAPLAN as a tool for charting individual student progress across school years as well as charting the progress of year groups. This view is based on demonstrably false assumptions and interpretations.

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Parents to receive NAPLAN 2016 individual student reports this month

16 August 2016

The NAPLAN 2016 summary information was released on 3 August 2016 and parents of students who participated in this year’s NAPLAN will start receiving their individual student reports this month.

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Understanding NAPLAN online video

10 August 2016

NAPLAN will move online from 2017 over a two–three year period. 

Moving NAPLAN online will bring new opportunities for students and teacher, which are not possible with paper-based tests, including better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.

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Refreshed ACARA website coming soon

23 June 2016

Soon we will be transferring the ACARA website to a new platform, with an updated look and feel to the website.

All current content will be migrated over to the new website, so you shouldn’t notice any difference other than an improved look and feel.

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Publication of NAPLAN test papers for 2008–2011

02 June 2016

As a part of our response to Freedom of Information requests received by ACARA, we have published past NAPLAN papers up to 2011 in the 'Freedom of Information' section of the ACARA website.

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NAPLAN 2016: embargo period 10–12 May

04 May 2016

NAPLAN is held from 10 to 12 May.

NAPLAN is a vital tool for parents, educators and the public to see if Australia’s children are meeting essential literacy and numeracy standards.

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ACARA - Assessment


We run the National Assessment Program – the national tests students sit in school – including NAPLAN.

We undertake a range of research activities to deliver NAPLAN tests in an online environment in the future.

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