Home educators

General information

The NAPLAN assessments are conducted in school on Tuesday, 12, Wednesday. 13 and Thursday, 14 May 2020 only. Home educators administer the tests during the week commencing 18 May 2020.

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

Home-educated students who undertake NAPLAN will sit the paper tests in 2020

Currently, NAPLAN Online is available only if a student is enrolled in a school and that school is registered for NAPLAN Online.Further details about the NAPLAN assessments can be accessed at the ACARA website: http://www.nap.edu.au

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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.

Home educators can register for NAPLAN by completing the Home Education registration form and return it by email or post to the address shown on the form by Friday 28 February, 2020.

Home educators administer the tests during the week commencing 18 May 2020.

  • The test materials and administration instructions will be delivered to your home in the week commencing 18 May 2020.
  • During the week of 18–22 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, 29 May 2020.
  • 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.

Example tests can be found on the ACARA website at http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests/the-tests.html.

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

Some questions, such as multiple choice questions, are scanned and scored using electronic marking.

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.

NAPLAN 2020 participation

Birthdate range for    students eligible to participate in NAPLAN 2020

From

To

Year 3 test

Year 5 test

Year 7 test

Year 9 test

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

1/07/2009

30/06/2010

2018

2020

2022

2024

1/07/2010

30/06/2011

2019

2021

2023

2025

1/07/2011

30/06/2012

2020

2022

2024

2026

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 on the ACARA website at https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/school-support/adjustments-for-students-with-disability

To apply for an adjustment, download the NAPLAN 2020 Adjustment for Disability Application form and return it to the address shown on the form by Thursday, 9 April 2020.

If your child requires Braille, large print or electronic test materials please download the NAPLAN 2020 Alternative Test Formats request form. This should be returned by the date stated on the form by Wednesday, 12 February 2020.

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.