Home educators

General information

The NAPLAN assessments are conducted in school only on 9, 10 and 11 May 2017. Home educators administer the tests during the week commencing 15 May 2017. 

Further details about the NAPLAN assessments can be accessed at the ACARA website: http://www.nap.edu.au

Home educators registered with the Western Australian Department of Education are able to participate in the NAPLAN assessment.

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The purpose of NAPLAN is to provide parents with information about the achievement of their child in relation to performance of students in the same year level across Australia. The results also provide those responsible for teaching with information that can be helpful in planning the child’s continuing education. In the case of home educators, this information is useful to you as a parent and also as the child’s teacher.

No. You are responsible for providing education to your child and you are the person who makes decisions about assessment of your child’s progress.

Click here for the Home Education registration  form and return it by email or post to the address shown on the form by Friday 3 March, 2017.

Home educators administer the tests during the week commencing 15 May 2017.

  • The test materials and administration instructions will be delivered to your home in the week commencing 15 May 2017.
  • During the week of 15 - 19 May, you will administer the tests to your child/children.
  • When all testing is completed, please return the materials to the address provided in the information package by Friday 26 May 2017.
  • You will receive an individual NAPLAN report for your child towards the end of term 3.
  • Instructions relating to security of the tests must be strictly adhered to.

Qualified markers who are provided with thorough training mark the assessments and are bound to respect the confidentiality of all results.

As home educator you make the following decisions:

  • whether or not to participate
  • whether to share the report information with your child or with anyone else
  • whether to use the information you obtain from the report to assist in planning your child’s continuing education.

At any stage of the process, you can decide to withdraw your child from the assessment program.

The national testing protocols require students who are not working in a year level or graded situation to sit the test paper that is designed for the year level they would be in according to their age.

Birthdate range for students eligible to participate in NAPLAN 2017

From

To

Year 3 test

Year 5 test

Year 7 test

Year 9 test

1/07/2002

30/06/2003

2011

2013

2015

2017

1/07/2003

30/06/2004

2012

2014

2016

2018

1/07/2004

30/06/2005

2013

2015

2017

2019

1/07/2005

30/06/2006

2014

2016

2018

2020

1/07/2006

30/06/2007

2015

2017

2019

2021

1/07/2007

30/06/2008

2016

2018

2020

2022

1/07/2008

30/06/2009

2017

2019

2021

2023

WA Department of Education School age calculator:

http://www.det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/earlychildhood/detcms/school-support-programs/early-childhood-education/home/calculator.en?oid=Article-id-11572345

In most cases, your child will be eligible to sit the tests using the same additional support that they would usually have in learning situations. Further details regarding adjustments for students with disabilities can be found.

If your child requires Braille, large print or electronic test materials please download the NAPLAN Alternative Test Formats request form. This should be returned by the date stated on the form.

You will receive a report that shows your child’s achievement for each NAPLAN test.
The report to parents will show student achievement against national proficiency bands and their achievement in comparison to students in the same year level across Australia.

Each report will provide the following:

  • your child’s achievement in relation to the national proficiency bands
  • your child’s achievement in comparison to students in the same year level across Australia
  • your child’s achievement in comparison with the national minimum standard
  • an overview of the skills associated with your child’s achievement. 

The assessment results have most value when they are considered in conjunction with your own ongoing assessment of progress that has been occurring through the year.
Information in the report will be a useful supplement to your own judgement of achievement, which can provide a useful basis for planning future learning experiences.

Participation is free.