Information for parents

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is delivered to students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in an online environment, except for a very small number who attend schools delivering an Authority-approved alternative curriculum, who will sit paper-based tests.

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

Translations of the NAPLAN information brochures are available for parents and carers who prefer to access information about the online NAPLAN tests in the language or dialect of their choice.

The translated brochures are available from the ACARA NAPLAN website

The brochures have been translated into 19 languages. If brochures in languages other than those available on the ACARA website are required, an interpreter can be arranged through the school to assist with understanding the NAPLAN process and completion of any relevant forms .

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

NAPLAN 2024 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 Friday, 1 March 2024.

NAPLAN 2024 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Students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer.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

Applications for withdrawal are to be submitted by Wednesday, 6 March 2024.

NAPLAN 2024 Home Education Registration

Home educators should complete this form and return it to the address shown on the form by Thursday, 8 February 2024.

This brochure contains information on how to interpret your child’s individual student report. It relates to the 2023 NAPLAN assessment.

NAPLAN 2023 Reporting information brochure for parents and carers

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.

From 2023, NAPLAN test results will be reported using proficiency standards. The proficiency standards replace the previous numerical bands.

There is a proficiency standard for each of the five assessed areas of Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Grammar and punctuation. Each of the NAPLAN proficiency standards includes four proficiency levels: Needs additional support, Developing, Strong and Exceeding

The individual student reports show student performance in each of the five assessed areas against the proficiency levels of Numeracy, Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Grammar and punctuation in relation to:

  • achievement against the proficiency levels
  • 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.

For more information about proficiency standards, go to

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