What is NAPLAN?

What is NAPLAN?

NAPLAN is fast approaching and you’re probably asking, what’s the point? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one asking this question!

To help you understand it a little more, I’ve put together a who, what, where guide to give you a quick lowdown on what it’s all about.

Students all over Australian in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) is an Australia-wide standardised test in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy.

NAPLAN happens in May each year. Check with your school to see which dates specifically.

Students sit NAPLAN tests in their classrooms or in their exam hall, depending on the school.

NAPLAN is a useful source of information about the standard of young people’s learning in Australia. The results are used to see not only the gaps in an individual student’s education, but also a whole school’s performance and trends in our education system overall. This information theoretically is useful when allocating extra resources and support to schools and students who really need it. The average school results of the tests are posted on My School, for all to see, this means parents can see how their child’s school or potential school ranks compared to others.

Because school are rated in terms of their NAPLAN results, this has led to some schools prioritising NAPLAN preparation over regular activities, meaning students may miss out on other important parts of their education. Head to our pros and cons article to see yourself, the positives and negatives of NAPLAN.


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