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The benefits

  • Online education assessments bring many new opportunities for students and teachers. NAPLAN online provides better assessments, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
  • A tailored test design is used where students answer an initial set of questions and are then directed to subsequent sets of questions, either more challenging or less challenging, based on the accuracy of their responses.
  • Tailored testing gives teachers and schools more targeted information about students’ performances.
  • The use of a computer-based environment enables a wider range of question types and potentially encourages broader levels of engagement.
  • NAPLAN online better meets the needs of all students, including those with disability.
  • Results are available more rapidly; enabling teachers to identify learning priorities earlier and tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.
  • The extension of the test window to two weeks allows schools greater flexibility in scheduling the tests to take account of the availability of devices in the school and to maximise test participation (see

Western Australia’s transition plan

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia and the Catholic Education Western Australia, is facilitating Western Australia’s transition from paper-based to online delivery.

  • In 2018, 273 schools that were nominated by their system or sector in Western Australia successfully transitioned to NAPLAN Online, while all other schools continued with paper-based NAPLAN.
  • In 2019 the majority of Western Australian schools, will participate in NAPLAN Online.
  • From 2020, all schools will be expected to participate in NAPLAN online.

Western Australia’s 2019 NAPLAN online schools have been working with their school system and sector to ensure their technical capacity and readiness to participate.



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