Online delivery holds many benefits over paper-based testing for students and teachers, including more accurate measurement of student achievement, faster turnaround of results and better accessibility of the assessments to students.
Online tests are more engaging for students and getting better data faster means that teachers will be provided with vital information that they can use in the classroom to help all students achieve their potential.
Some of these benefits are already starting to be realised through 'Improve', an online, interactive learning and assessment tool that is available to all Australian teachers.
NAPLAN is an annual test of students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. The Australian Government is investing $24.7 million to develop a national platform that will enable students to take the NAPLAN test online. Moving NAPLAN online will create opportunities for students and teachers that are not possible with the current paper-based tests.
When will my school do NAPLAN online?
The transition to online assessment will be a phased approach, with states and territories and the non-government sector and their schools determining when their schools move to online testing. This decision is based on how ready the schools in each jurisdiction and sector are to move online.
The first NAPLAN online test will be delivered in May 2018, on an opt-in basis for schools that are ready. The remaining schools will transition to NAPLAN online by 2019.
Want to know more?
The National Assessment Program website, hosted by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) contains more information about NAPLAN online.