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Critical NAPLAN dates and tasks for school principals

Preparation for NAPLAN testing period

17 March – 9 May

Log on to the 2016 NAPLAN Student Participation Website and complete the compliance screen to verify that Part A and Part B of the Handbook for Principals have been read and understood.

23 March

Finalise all disability adjustments for students and ensure braille, large print and electronic tests have been ordered.

8 April

(Country area schools only.) Check that all NAPLAN materials have been received and that Tamper Evident Bags are intact. Count all materials received and store securely.

11 April

(Country area schools only.) Finalise all requests for additional NAPLAN materials.

15 April

Ensure permission has been granted for students with disabilities requiring a scribe or assistive technologies such as a computer.

4 May

(Metro area schools only.) Check that all NAPLAN materials have been received and that Tamper Evident Bags are intact. Count all materials received and store securely.

5 May

(Metro area schools only.) Finalise all requests for additional NAPLAN materials.

6 May

Ensure test administrators are familiar with all aspects of the test administration including the National Protocols for Test Administration.

Distribute Test Administration Handbooks to the teachers who will be administering the NAPLAN tests.
Check all student exemption forms are complete and have parental/caregiver consent.

9 May

Final check that the test days are organised — rooms prepared, test supervisors familiar with Test Administration Handbooks, test books sorted and ready for distribution on the test days.

Check the Student Participation Website records have been updated to record home schooled students who are sitting the tests at the school, adjustments granted, exempt and withdrawn students, new students and students who have left your school.

NAPLAN testing period opens

Collect all signed withdrawal forms before relevant test(s) commences.

10 May

Distribute the Language Conventions and Writing test book and writing stimulus material to test supervisors.

Collect all test books and stimulus material after the tests have been administered.

11 May

Distribute the Reading test book and stimulus materials to test supervisors.

Collect all test books and stimulus material after the test has been conducted.

12 May

Distribute the Numeracy tests to test supervisors.

Collect all test books after the tests have been conducted.

13 May

Finalise student catch-up.

Undertake final check and count of the completed test books.

Check all completed student withdrawal and exemption forms have been stored securely at the school.

Returning test materials

13/16 May 

(13 May for schools selected for courier pick up; 16 May for all other schools)

Complete and sign the checklist to be returned with test books.

Package completed test books, affix eParcel label and lodge with Australia Post (or with courier), as instructed.

Do not return unused test booklets.

Store all spare or unused test booklets and stimulus materials in a secure location.

Finalise the Student Participation Website to record absent students and ensure details regarding home schooled students who sat the tests at the school, adjustments granted, exempt and withdrawn students, new students and students who have left your school are correct.

Confirm all details for all relevant year levels on the confirmation screen of the Student Participation Website.

End of test security period

20 May

Spare or unused test booklets and stimulus materials may be taken out of secure storage.

No further changes to student records may be made by schools on the Student Participation Website.