NAPLAN and NAP sample assessments

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is a national assessment that tests students in the domains of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. NAPLAN testing began in 2008 and is undertaken every year in May by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. 

NAPLAN preliminary information is released in August each year. A full National Report is available in December on the NAP website and school level NAPLAN results are published on the My School website early in the following year. The National Report includes results by student subgroups (sex, Indigenous status, language background other than English, geolocation, Indigenous status by geolocation, parental education and parental occupation).  

NAPLAN results provide information on how students, schools and school systems are performing against national minimum literacy and numeracy standards. NAPLAN information provides a baseline for monitoring student and school progress, enables longitudinal tracking of student achievement, and provides evidence students, parents and teachers need to make informed decisions about student outcomes in literacy and numeracy. 

The Australian Government, state and territory governments are working together to transition to online NAPLAN testing from 2017. More information about NAPLAN online can be found here or on the ACARA website.

NAPLAN is complemented by NAP sample assessments, which began in 2003 and assess science literacy (Year 6), civics and citizenship (Years 6 and 10), and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy (Years 6 and 10) on a rolling three-yearly basis.  

Public reports for the NAP sample assessments providing a national overview of student performance against the relevant standards are available here.

Want to know more?

Visit the NAP website for detailed information and reports on domestic assessments.