National and international assessments

This page has information on national and international assessments.

National Assessments

Information and communication technology literacy

The Information and Communication Technology Literacy (ICT) assessment measures and reports on the ability of students to use ICT appropriately to access, manage, integrate and evaluate information, develop new understandings and communicate with others in order to participate effectively in society. A sample of students in Years 6 and 10 in selected schools in all states and territories participate.

Go to the National Assessment Program website for more information, national reports and school release materials.

Science literacy

This national assessment involves a sample of Year 6 students participating in an assessment of scientific literacy. Science literacy measures and reports on the student’s capacity to use scientific knowledge and approaches. The test is a 60-minute pencil and paper section and a 45-minute practical task. 

Go to the National Assessment Program website for more information, national reports and school release materials.

Civics and citizenship

A sample of students in Years 6 and 10 in selected schools in all states and territories participate in this assessment. Civics and Citizenship measures and reports on civic knowledge and understanding and the skills and values needed for active citizenship. The assessment is a 60-minute pencil and paper test with multiple-choice, short-response and extended-response items. 

Go to the National Assessment Program website for more information, national reports and school release materials.

International Assessments

Program for international student assessment 

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) involves a sample of 15 year-old students participating in an international assessment of Reading, Mathematical and Scientific Literacy. Participation in PISA provides an indicator on how Australia compares with other countries. The study will occur again in 2015. The 2012 report is now available.

Go to the ACER website for more information.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) involves a sample of students in Years 4 and 8. It allows countries to measure their progress in educational achievement in mathematics and science. This assessment was last conducted in 2014.

Go to the Dare to compare website for release materials.

Go to the ACER website for more information.

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is conducted every five years to measure progress in the reading achievement of students in their fourth year of schooling, as well as trends in the associated home and school contexts for learning to read.  A sample of Year 4 students from across Australia participated in this study for the first time in 2010 and this will be repeated in 2015.

Go to the ACER website for more information.

International Computer and Information Literacy Study 

The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) will examine the outcomes of student computer and information literacy (CIL) education across countries. This was initially conducted in 2013 and a sample of Year 8 students will participate every 7 years.

Go to the ACER website for more information.

Last updated: 28 November 2017