NAPLAN is used by governments, education authorities and schools to determine whether young Australians are meeting important goals in literacy and numeracy.
All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to sit the NAPLAN tests, which are held in May each year.
NAPLAN gives a snapshot of how children are performing in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and numeracy. It complements other effective classroom assessment and reporting practices.
The role of ACARA and the QCAA
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) develops the tests and marking standards. The QCAA coordinates the administration, marking, and reporting of NAPLAN tests in Queensland.
The QCAA works with Queensland schools and schooling sectors to ensure the smooth delivery and collection of the tests, focusing on the importance of compliance with the administration protocols.
Parents can withdraw their child from the tests by notifying the school in writing before testing. Withdrawal is intended as an option to acknowledge religious beliefs and philosophical objections to testing.
NAPLAN Withdrawal Form.pdf
The NAPLAN Withdrawal Form must be signed by Parent/Carer and returned to the school office by Friday May 6 2022
Exemptions – in consultation with Head of Special Education Services
Students may be exempted from one or more of the tests if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Students with a significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions that severely limit their capacity to participate in the test
- Students with a language background other than English, who arrived from overseas and have been attending school in Australia for less than a year.
Exemptions for students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities are determined through consultation between the principal, student, and parents/carers.
Benefits of online testing include:
- 'tailored testing', which gives students questions better suited to their ability, resulting in more precise results
- improving student engagement through computer-based tests.
2022 Test dates
NAPLAN testing window 10 – 20 May 2022
Format of the tests
For all eligible year levels (Years 3, 5, 7 and 9) there are 4 test domains: writing, reading, conventions of language and numeracy. Below is a summary of the format for each test.
Students are given a stimulus and asked to construct a response to the task. Their response will be based on a particular text type (narrative or persuasive
Students are given a range of texts to read. They respond to the test items using a range of response types such as multiple choice, hotspot and drag and drop items.
Conventions of language
Students will respond to grammar and punctuation as well as spelling items. The response formats will be multiple choice, short response and other interactive response types such as hotspot and drag and drop items.
Students will respond to numeracy items. The response formats will be multiple choice, short response and other interactive response types such as hotspot and drag and drop items.
Students will also have access to online numeracy tools (ruler, protractor or calculator), depending on their year level. For Years 7 and 9, the numeracy test includes a non-calculator section and a calculator-allowed section.
All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to sit the NAPLAN tests unless they are withdrawn by their parents/carers or exempt.
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