Home educators

General information

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments in 2022 will be conducted in schools between 10–20 May. Participating home educators will supervise the tests during the week commencing 23 May 2022.

Home-educated students registered with the Western Australian Department of Education and enrolled in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 are eligible to participate.

Home-educated students who undertake NAPLAN from 2022 will sit online tests, except for the Year 3 writing test, which will remain a paper test. However, alternative format tests will continue to be made for available to students with disability who are unable to access online tests.

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

The NAPLAN assessments provide parents and carers 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, the information is useful to you as the child’s teacher and also as the parent or carer.

The NAPLAN online tests use a tailored test design that adapts the difficulty of questions to a student’s performance during the test. It presents students with questions that may be more or less difficult, depending on the correctness or otherwise of their responses on earlier questions.

Items in the test are more engaging than paper test items. Students click, drag and drop, draw lines between objects, type and, for Years 7 and 9 students, use interactive tools such as a ruler, protractor and calculator.

Read more about the tailored test design here - Tailored test design.

Watch the Tailored testing video (3m 6s).

Read about branching messages here - NAPLAN online branching messages

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Four learning domains are assessed and items are linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Students read narrative, informational and persuasive texts. Skills assessed include locating information, identifying the main idea of a text, connecting ideas, drawing conclusions, sequencing events, and identifying the difference between fact and opinion.

Aspects of spelling grammar and punctuation are assessed. The test is in two sections. The first section has grammar and punctuation questions and the second has spelling. Students cannot go back to the first section once they move to the second section.

To see an infographic about the test sections and how much time should be spent on each section, click on this link - Conventions of language Infographic

Students are assessed on number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.

Years 3 and 5 students do not use a calculator in the numeracy test.

The Years 7 and 9 numeracy test has two sections. In the first, students use an online calculator. In the second, the calculator is not available. Students cannot go back to the first section once they move to the second section.

Students’ writing skills are assessed through an extended writing task which requires them to write either a narrative or persuasive text.

To see how students’ writing is marked, view the NAPLAN writing marking guides at https://nap.edu.au/naplan/writing

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

For further information about the tests, go to https://nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site

See also https://nap.edu.au/resources for brochures, infographics, handbooks and videos.

No. Parents and carers of home-educated students are responsible for providing education to their child and for decisions about assessment of their child’s progress.

As a home educator, you make the following decisions about NAPLAN:

  • 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.

Home educators can register their children for the 2022 NAPLAN online assessments by completing the Home Education registration form and returning it by email to naplan@scsa.wa.edu.au by Friday, 25 February.

If your child is eligible, your registration will be acknowledged via email. The email will contain a link to a compulsory online training course, which will take about 20 minutes to complete.

If your child is not eligible, your registration will be rejected.

For more on eligibility, see below.

Home educators who wish their children to sit NAPLAN online will be required to undertake training and complete preparation activities.

These include:

  • completing of an online training course (about 20 minutes)
  • ensuring your child has a suitable device that meets technical requirements
  • scheduling and supervising a practice test
  • scheduling and supervising the main NAPLAN tests

More details about these activities are given below.

A timeline for the activities to be completed by home-educated students and their families for NAPLAN 2022 is provided below:

Table 1: NAPLAN 2022 timeline of events
Detailed information, including final timeline, available on SCSA website December 2021 Read and decide whether to proceed with the 2022 NAPLAN online tests for your child.
Detailed information, including final timeline, available from Home moderators Jan – early Feb 2022
Registration closing date 25 February 2022Complete and return registration form to SCSA. Late registrations will not be accepted.
Completion of online course, including scheduling test times for the practice test and May tests Before 16 March 2022 Complete compulsory online training course for test supervisors (about 20 mins)
Check suitability of equipment and internet reliability March Must be done before the practice test is conducted.
Practice test participation 9am or 11am on 29, 30 or 31 March 2022 Each registered child participates in the practice test at the nominated time (about 1 hour).
May NAPLAN tests Week beginning Monday, 23 May 2022 Supervision of NAPLAN tests.

Home educator test supervisors will be required to complete a compulsory training course once their registration is acknowledged. The course will be about 20 minutes long and must be completed by Wednesday, 16 March.

The course covers the preparation tasks you will need to do:

To check whether the computer your child uses is suitable for the NAPLAN tests, go to the Online National Assessment Platform website and click on link to the Device check tool

You can read the information about the devices which are compatible at Device requirements

Please note: Chrome books are not compatible for the NAPLAN testing.

To check whether you have a reliable internet connection, you can perform a Platform Latency Check.

A latency test measures the time delay in milliseconds when data messages are moved from one point within a computer network to another, in this case from your computer to the NAPLAN online assessment platform.

Using the computer your child will use for the assessments, go to the Online National Assessment Platform website and click on Platform Latency Check to conduct the test on their computer.

The LDB is a secure browser that:

  • prevents students from accessing other applications, web pages, software or hardware features
  • prevents use of operating system commands such as functions accessed by Ctrl-Alt-Delete
  • disables features such as the camera, spell check, screenshot, home, back and power buttons
  • prevents execution in a virtual machine or a virtual desktop (e.g. Citrix Virtual desktops, VMware or Parallels on Mac)
  • prevents the user from exiting without confirmation

The NAPLAN assessments are only available in the LDB. It is downloadable at Locked Down Browser and must be installed on the computer your child will use for the assessments.

When completing the compulsory training course, you will be asked to nominate when your child will sit a compulsory practice test. This test will be conducted on Tuesday, 29 March, Wednesday 30 March and Thursday, 31 March at 9am and 11am. You and your child will need to be available on the day and time you select to participate in the test.

Your child is required to sit the practice test for the following reasons:

  • to check the correct tests are available for your child
  • to test the internet connection at your testing location ahead of the main test
  • to allow your child to become familiar with the functionality of the online national test platform and the range of item types in the tests (how they are laid out, the style of language used in the questions, and how to respond)
  • to provide an experience of working under test conditions - time constraints, no talking, no getting help, etc.

The practice test will provide you, as test supervisor, with practice in the end-to-end procedures required for the main test. These are:

  • booking the test sessions
  • downloading and opening the LDB
  • being ready to conduct the test with your child at the time you have scheduled
  • checking equipment is working as expected
  • receiving test login codes by email on the morning of the tests
  • helping your child to login to the tests, if necessary
  • reading a test supervisor’s script which will have been emailed to you
  • calling the NAPLAN help desk, if necessary
  • assisting your child to log out of the test
  • closing and exiting the LDB.

When completing the compulsory training course, you will be asked to nominate the day and time within the test window (the week beginning 23 May 2022) that your child will sit the tests.

At each of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, there are four NAPLAN tests. Each is conducted separately, in one test session. To participate in all the tests, home educators and their children will therefore need to be available for four test sessions.

To adhere to the national protocols, tests must be sat in a particular order, as shown in table 2.

Table 2: NAPLAN test sequence and duration

WritingReading Conventions of LanguageNumeracy
Test sequence1234
Year 3 40 min (paper) 45 min 45 min 45 min
Year 5 42 min 50 min 45 min 50 min
Year 7 42 min 65 min 45 min 65 min
Year 9 42 min 65 min 45 min 65 min

More information on the NAPLAN online tests is at https://nap.edu.au/naplan

The Year 3 writing test will be the only NAPLAN test available on paper from 2022. All Year 3 students will handwrite the writing test. The Year 3 writing test will be posted to the parent or carer of the registered student. This test must be completed first.

Once you have completed the online training course (before 16 March), and nominated your practice and May test times, the next preparation task for participation in NAPLAN 2022 will be participating in the compulsory practice test. This will be held towards on Tuesday, 29 March, Wednesday 30 March and Thursday, 31 March at 9am and 11am.

The practice test is about 1 hour long and contains questions from each of the non-writing tests: conventions of language, reading and numeracy.

You will need to be available with your child at the time you scheduled in Step 4.

No results will be given for the practice test.

The May tests are to be conducted in the week beginning 23rd May 2022. There will be a one-week test window in which you can select from a range of test session times for your child to sit the tests (see step 5). There will be no opportunity to log in to the tests at another, unscheduled time.

Supervising the main test will involve much the same steps as for the practice test. You will need to be available with your child at the time you scheduled in Step 5.

You will be provided with a test supervisor’s script for each test your child will be sitting.

Please note that without an approved registration, completion of the training course, scheduling test times, and participation in the practice test, it will not be possible for your child to sit any of the main tests.

Eligibility for 2022
Only students who are registered with the WA Department of Education and age-equivalent to students enrolled in Years 3, 5, 7 or 9 are eligible to participate. Table 1 shows the birthdate ranges for children eligible to participate in NAPLAN in 2022.

Table 3: Birthdate ranges for eligibility for 2022 NAPLAN
Year LevelFromTo
Year 3 01/07/2013 30/06/2014
Year 5 01/07/2011 30/06/2012
Year 7 01/07/2009 30/06/2010
Year 9 01/07/2007 30/06/2008

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.

Should you wish your child to participate in NAPLAN, it is a requirement that all the preparation activities are completed.

If you register your child to sit the NAPLAN online tests, you will be responsible for supervising the tests in a non-school location (e.g. at home).

The test supervisor manuals contain all the information you require to prepare for and administer the tests.

Adjustments for disability apply only to students with disability.

Adjustments are permitted to support students with disability to access the tests on an equivalent basis to students without disability.

If a student usually has adjustments in their every-day learning and assessment activities, in most cases, the same adjustments may be applied during the NAPLAN online tests.

Disability adjustments will be determined on a case-by-case basis and home educators must apply for adjustments when submitting the registration form.

Adjustments available for the NAPLAN online tests are:

  • Audio alternative questions replace audio files for spelling dictation with text passages for proofreading.
  • Visual alternative questions simplify or enlarge images, including text within images, for easier viewing in the reading and numeracy tests.
  • Colour themes display black text against a selection of five different colour backgrounds (white, blue, lilac, green and yellow). An inverted (white text with black background) can also be applied.
  • Extra time and rest breaks: extra time can be added to a student’s test, and tests can be paused and resumed while the student rests.

Other adjustments, such as a support person, a scribe for the writing test, or Braille and other alternative format test materials, are also available for NAPLAN. Detailed information about the provision of adjustments for disability is available at the ACARA webpage Adjustments for students with disability

You will receive a report that shows your child’s achievement for each NAPLAN test.

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, and can provide a practical basis for planning future learning experiences.

For further information, go to NAPLAN results and reporting