Issue 22
Tuesday, 10 May 2011

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Students participate in NAPLAN tests this week

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sit NAPLAN tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy this week on Tuesday (Language Conventions and Writing tests), Wednesday (Reading test) and Thursday (Numeracy test). These national assessments have been a routine part of the school calendar since 2008. NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests, but rather show how individual students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children.

All students in these year levels are expected to participate in the tests, although provisions are available for students to be exempted or withdrawn under certain circumstances. Details on these exemptions are available on the National Assessment Program website (

Parents will receive a report of their child’s performance later in the year and schools and governments also receive reports of national performance. Results at a school level are also reported on the My School website.

ACARA has full confidence in the ability of schools to administer the tests professionally and maintain their integrity. Nationally agreed protocols are in place providing detailed guidelines to ensure consistent administration of the tests across the nation. Should a school experience an irregularity, guidelines for investigating test incidents are now available at the National Assessment Program website to support the investigation process.

For more information about NAPLAN

Parents with questions about NAPLAN should contact their school in the first instance or the local Test Administration Authority if the school is unable to assist.

Schools should contact their test administration authority with all questions about the test process.

ACARA is able to provide advice about the national organisation of the NAPLAN tests.

Contact details for Test Administration Authorities are available at

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