The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is commissioned by the Education Council, a council of ministers from all states and territories that works to ensure high‐quality schooling and early childhood development experiences for all young Australians.
The NAPLAN tests, coordinated by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), are administered simultaneously in all schools across Australia by the relevant state test administration authority. The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) is the test administration authority for all schools in South Australia.
The department is withdrawing South Australian public schools from online NAPLAN testing in 2017. All public schools will instead participate in NAPLAN using paper and pencil.
Testing of the Commonwealth’s NAPLAN online platform has confirmed there are still technical issues to be resolved.
The department will continue supporting schools in their preparations for NAPLAN testing in May and will work with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions to address any issues, with a view to transitioning to online testing from 2018.
All schools in Australia undertook paper-based NAPLAN tests in 2017. The main changes for paper tests this year related to the numeracy tests. Numeracy tests were updated to further align to the Australian curriculum. The year 7 and 9 numeracy test also had fewer questions, and students only sat one test session. The new, single numeracy test was separated into two parts, part A (calculators allowed) and part B (calculators not allowed). There has also been a change in rules around the reading of numeracy test questions to students, outlined in section 6.2.3 of the test protocols and explained in the test administration handbooks for teachers.
Information for parents can be found on the National Assessment Program website.
A NAPLAN factsheet for parents and a brochure explaining the student results report information to parents are available to download from the parent/carer support section of the National Assessment Program website.
Reports will be distributed to school principals in August 2017. Our key dates for school principals page has more information.
Handbooks and guides
- Handbook for principals (paper) (PDF 1.3MB)
- Student participation website user guide (PDF 895KB)
- Student participation website archive user guide (PDF 219KB)
- Year 3 test administration handbook (PDF 296KB)
- Year 5 test administration handbook (PDF 326KB)
- Year 7 test administration handbook (PDF 220KB)
- Year 9 test administration handbook (PDF 225KB)
- National protocols for test administration (PDF 719KB)
- Interpreting 2017 NAPLAN results (PDF 285KB)
- Guidelines for managing test incidents in schools (PDF 725KB)
- 2017 NAPLAN writing marking guide (PDF 2.59MB)
Sample test materials
- Year 3/5 example test questions (PDF 476KB)
- Year 3/5 reading stimulus 1 (PDF 3.0MB)
- Year 3/5 reading stimulus 2 (PDF 632KB)
- Year 7/9 example test questions (PDF 462KB)
- Year 7/9 reading stimulus 1 (PDF 292KB)
- Year 7/9 reading stimulus 2 (PDF 1.7MB)
Previous test materials
Test materials from previous years can be accessed via the ACARA website.
Applications for 2018 NAPLAN marking will open towards the end of 2017.
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for 2018 NAPLAN marking please email decd.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au.
Further information about NAPLAN marking is available on our marking the NAPLAN writing task page.
South Australian sector contacts
Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)
Manager, Student Achievement Information
Phone: 8226 3269
Email: decd.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
Senior Education Adviser Educational Measurement
Phone: 8301 6136
Email: ray.moritz [at] cesa.catholic.edu.au
More information for Catholic schools can be found on the CESA website.
Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)
Phone: 8179 1415
Email: kadowr [at] ais.sa.edu.au
More information for independent schools can be found on the AISSA website.