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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.

Online testing

NAPLAN is moving online from 2018.

This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper and pencil tests to computer-based assessments.

Online testing will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information, helping schools tailor teaching and learning to student needs.

All schools will move to NAPLAN online testing in the coming years. Schools will participate in a school readiness test in the year prior to check that they are prepared to run it.

As we plan the transition of all schools in South Australia to NAPLAN online we are working closely with the Association of Independent Schools South Australia and Catholic Education South Australia.

Paper-based testing

In 2017 numeracy tests were updated to further align with the Australian curriculum. Changes will be retained for 2018. The single test with fewer questions was separated into Part A (calculator allowed) and Part B (non-calculator), and was well received in 2017. There was also 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/carers

Information for parents/carers 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.

Information for schools and principals

Reports were distributed to school principals in August 2017. Our key dates for school principals page has more information.

Handbooks and guides

Sample test materials

Previous test materials

Test materials from previous years can be accessed via the ACARA website.

Marking the NAPLAN writing task

Applications for 2018 NAPLAN marking will be open between 28 November 2017 and 16 February 2018. Application outcomes will be known by 3 April 2018.  

To apply to mark the 2018 NAPLAN writing task please submit your application via the online application form.

You can encourage staff and peers to apply by downloading this poster to display in your staff room.

More information about NAPLAN marking is available on the marking the NAPLAN writing task information sheet

For enquiries please decd.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au (email) the NAPLAN marking centre team. 


South Australian sector contacts

Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)

Brioney Hirst
Manager, Student Achievement Information
Phone: 8226 3269
Email: decd.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)

Ray Moritz
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)

Rosemary Kadow
Educational consultant
Phone: 8179 1415
Email: kadowr [at] ais.sa.edu.au

More information for independent schools can be found on the AISSA website.