Information for parents

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is delivered to students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 either online or as a paper based test, depending on whether a school has transitioned to NAPLAN Online or is yet to do so.

Information for parents of students at schools sitting the test in either mode is below.

This brochure contains information on the details and purpose of the NAPLAN Paper tests.

The following forms and documents may be required by parents and/or home educators.

The forms apply to both online and paper testing modes.

NAPLAN 2021 Exemption Application

Students in the following categories may be considered for formal exemption from the testing program:

  • Students with a language background other than English, who arrived from overseas and have been attending school in Australia for less than a year before the test, should be given the opportunity to participate in testing, but may be exempted.
  • Students with significant intellectual disability and/or those with significant co-existing conditions that severely limit their capacity to participate in the tests may be exempted from taking NAPLAN. This is decided after the principal, student and the relevant parent/carer have consulted with each other and agreed that the student is not able to access the tests even with adjustments.

Applications for exemptions must be submitted by Thursday, 8 April 2021.

NAPLAN 2021 Withdrawal Application

Students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer. This is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with their child’s school.

Withdrawals are intended to address issues such as religious beliefs and philosophical objections to testing

NAPLAN 2021 Home Education Registration

Home educators should complete this form and return it to the address shown on the form by Friday, 26 February 2021.

This brochure contains information on how to interpret the individual student report. It relates to the 2019 NAPLAN assessment.

Individual student reports – frequently asked questions

The individual student reports show student performance in relation to:

  • national proficiency bands
  • the national minimum standard
  • the national mean
  • the range of performance of the middle 60% of Australian students
  • the skills assessed at each year level and in each performance band.

There are ten proficiency bands for each area of assessment, with six bands used for each year group. Year 3 performance is reported against bands 1 to 6, Year 5 bands 3 to 8; Year 7 – bands 4 to 9; Year 9 – bands 5 to 10.

The national minimum standard is represented by the second lowest band for each year group. This standard describes the minimum skills and understandings that students are expected to demonstrate at their particular year level. Students who do not achieve the national minimum standard at their year level may need intervention and support to help them progress satisfactorily through school.

Individual NAPLAN reports are prepared for all students, including students who were absent, withdrawn or exempted. NAPLAN reports are forwarded directly to parents by the school. If you do not receive a report, please contact your child's school immediately.

Parents should keep their child’s report in a safe place as duplicate copies are not available.

For more information about NAPLAN, please contact your child’s school directly.