Online assessment

NAPLAN Online timeline

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ACARA NAPLAN Online Infographics Timeline

NAPLAN Online: frequently asked questions

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NAPLAN Online: key messages

  • NAPLAN helps parents, carers and educators to see if children are meeting important numeracy and literacy standards. It is used to support school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress over time and to identify areas of strength and development.
  • NAPLAN provides parents and carers with an individual report, showing their child’s results and a national comparison of their child’s performance against other Australian students in their year level.
  • NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
  • NAPLAN Online will use ‘tailored testing’, which gives students questions better suited to their ability, resulting in better assessment and more precise results.
  • The precision and improved timing of the results will help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.
  • An online national assessment platform has been developed by Education Services Australia with funds from the Australian Government. The platform has been used to trial online assessment in 2016 and to deliver NAP sample assessments.
  • Significant planning, development, research and trialling have been ongoing since 2012 to support the move to NAPLAN Online.
  • State/territory education authorities will determine the timing of their move to NAPLAN Online and lead implementation for their state/territory.
  • For schools that are not able to access the internet to the required level for online testing, alternative information technology solutions will be available.