NAPLAN: What is it?

Updated: May 19, 2019

The NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program) is an annual program run by the education Council in Australia. It includes a standardised assessment program that tests Literacy and Numeracy.


Here are some key facts you need to know about the NAPLAN


· Assesses students only in year 3, 5, 7 and 9

· Includes a reading, writing, language convention (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy section

· Undertaken every year in the 2nd full week in MAY

· Provides a national snapshot of performance in those three areas

· Helps improve and alter national curricula for students


The NAPLAN test results are provided to schools around mid-August to mid-September depending on the location of your school or state. All students are provided individual reports ONLY which provide an indicator of their performance in each section. It also provides information on how a student does against a national average for that year.


Here are some ways you can help your child to prepare for the NAPLAN


· Let your child do their homework in a quiet environment undertaken time constraints

· Try not to place too much pressure on them – tell them to just try their best

· Make sure they complete their homework to ensure they understand the content at school

· Let them do practice tests from previous years


Find practice papers on the NAPLAN website: https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support

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