NAPLAN assessment and reporting

The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests the essential skills your child needs to progress through school and life.

It provides information about their literacy and numeracy achievements.

Teachers also use the test to support and inform their judgment about how to help students with their learning.

What is tested

The test includes:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions  - spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • numeracy.

Your child will take the test in year 3, 5, 7 and 9.

Australia-wide assessments are held annually in the second full week of May.

Due to COVID-19, the NAPLAN assessment did not proceed in 2020.

Contact your child's school for more information about the tests.

For more information on NAPLAN, go to the National Assessment Program website.

Benefits of NAPLAN

The benefits of NAPLAN include the following:

  • helps you track your child's progress
  • compares their performance against national peers
  • helps teachers identify students needing support
  • enables schools to:
    • map student progress
    • identify strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and goals
  • provides valuable data to school systems and governments
  • drives school improvement.

Results and reports

If your child participates in the NAPLAN test, you will get an individual report with their results.

The report indicates how your child has performed in relation to other students in the same year group, and against the national average and the national minimum standards.

Individual student results are made available to families and schools.

Information around school performance is published in summary and national reports.

You can also find this information on the MySchool website.

Information for teachers

For NAPLAN information and resources for teachers, go to the Department of Education (DoE) website.

NAPLAN online

All schools across Australia are currently transitioning to an online system for NAPLAN assessment.

Find out more about NAPLAN online on the DoE website.


Talk to your child's teacher for more information on NAPLAN tests.

Last updated: 04 June 2020

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