The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses all Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

In 2022, NAPLAN will be held in May.

NAPLAN is made up of the following 4 test areas, or domains:

  • reading
  • writing
  • conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy.

The NAPLAN tests are intended to:

  • provide information to parents about the literacy and numeracy achievements of their children and
  • inform teaching and learning to improve student outcomes.

Participation by schools nationally in NAPLAN is required under the Schools Assistance Act.

Benefits of NAPLAN

  • Students and parents: tracks student progress and compares performance against national peers.
  • Teachers: identifies students needing support or enrichment.
  • Schools: maps student progress and identifies strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and goals.
  • School systems and governments: provides valuable data to support high quality teaching and learning; and drives school improvement.

Results and reports

Individual student results are made available to families and schools via an individual student report.

If your child participated in the NAPLAN test, this report will indicate:

  • how your child has performed in relation to other students in the same year group, and
  • against the national average and national minimum standards.

Information around school performance is published in summary and national reports as well as being available on the MySchool website.

For further information about NAPLAN visit the National Assessment Program website or read the frequently asked questions.

NAPLAN in 2023

From 2023, NAPLAN will be held in term 1.

The test window in 2023 will be Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March 2023.

Moving the test forward means this valuable data set will be available earlier in the year to:

  • inform teaching and learning programs and
  • give parents information about their child's performance.

For more information

If you are a school looking for information and resources, please log in to eLearn.

For more information you can visit the ACARA website.

Last updated: 12 May 2022

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