Information for schools

The NAPLAN Online test window is nine days. The extended test window allows schools to take account of the availability of devices in the school when scheduling tests.

All tests must be scheduled in the correct sequence. This is detailed in the table below.

For NAPLAN Online 2020, day 1 of testing is Tuesday, 12 May and day 9 is Friday, 22 May.

Schedule change for Year 7 and Year 9 Writing tests

For the 2020 NAPLAN Online tests, the Year 7 and Year 9 writing test window has been changed to day 2 and day 3 (from day 1 and 2). There is no change to the schedule for Year 3 or Year 5 writing.

Schools must schedule classes to do the writing from the first day of the appropriate two-day test window and all classes must be scheduled to finish the writing test by the end of the second day. If this is not possible, for any reason, principals must contact the NAPLAN Online helpdesk on 9442 9442 or email naplanonline@scsa.wa.edu.au for permission to schedule classes after the two-day writing window.

2020 NAPLAN Online test timetable

Test

Scheduling requirements

Duration

Writing

Year 3 students must do a paper-based writing test on day 1 only


Year 5 must start on day 1(schools must prioritise completion of writing across days 1 and 2 only)


Years 7 and 9 must start on day 2 (schools must prioritise completion of writing across days 2 and 3 only)

Year 3: 40 minutes
Year 5: 42 minutes
Year 7: 42 minutes
Year 9: 42 minutes

Reading

To be completed before the conventions of language test


To ensure online schools are able to complete NAPLAN tests within the nine-day testing window, Years 7 and 9 students can start with reading on day 1.


However, where reading tests do start on day 1, Years 7 and 9 writing must start on day 2, even if all classes have not yet done the reading tests.


Any reading tests that were not completed on day 1 must be scheduled after all classes have done the writing tests.

Year 3: 45 minutes
Year 5: 50 minutes
Year 7: 65 minutes
Year 9: 65 minutes

Conventions of language

To be completed after the reading test

Year 3: 45 minutes
Year 5: 45 minutes
Year 7: 45 minutes
Year 9: 45 minutes

Numeracy

To be completed after the conventions of language test

Year 3: 45 minutes
Year 5: 50 minutes
Year 7: 65 minutes
Year 9: 65 minutes

Catch-up tests

Principals are encouraged to facilitate students’ participation in the tests by holding catch-up sessions for those students who were identified as absent on the day they were scheduled to do the test but who return to school within the school’s planned test schedule.


Under no circumstances may individual students with planned absences be permitted to take the tests before their classes’ scheduled test sessions for any given test.

Test security period

Tests must not be conducted prior to the published test dates under any circumstances.

The test security period is the period during which NAPLAN tests remain secure. For both paper and online tests, the test security period starts as soon as secure test materials are received by, or released to, a school, and runs until Friday in the week following the official test days for NAPLAN Online (Friday, 29 May 2020).

Once the test security period ends, schools are permitted to use NAPLAN tests for non-commercial education use within the school. They are not permitted to upload NAPLAN tests to any website, intranet site, or equivalent media and are not permitted to provide NAPLAN tests to parents/carers or members of the wider community, including the media. This applies to all NAPLAN test material from 2008 onwards.

The Handbook for principals and NAPLAN coordinators – NAPLAN Online 2020 is an important document. It contains sections of the National Protocols for Test Administration relevant to schools, including the Code of Conduct, and operational guidelines and instructions. All principals and NAPLAN coordinators are expected to be familiar with the Handbook’s content to ensure fairness of testing across Australia. Breaches of the National Protocols are taken seriously.

The Writing marking guides are provided here to assist schools to interpret students’ results. They are not intended to be used to mark students’ writing without thorough training on how to apply the rubric.

In accordance with the National protocols for test administration – NAPLAN Online, published as Part A of the Handbook for principals and NAPLAN coordinators, it is essential that all students are familiar with the national assessment platform, the device they will be using when sitting NAPLAN Online, and the variety and functionality of item types used in all test domains of NAPLAN Online.

The ACARA NAPLAN Online public demonstration site (https://nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site) is available for this purpose and allows staff, students, and parents and carers to view and interact with test items.

When preparing their class for the online tests, teachers should ensure that students are familiar with the assessments’ platform-specific functionalities.

Students need to know:

  • how to select their answer for each item type, and how to change it to another answer if necessary
  • how to find and manipulate the numeracy test tools
  • how to operate the audio bar in the spelling, numeracy and writing tests
  • what functions are available in the formatting bar in the writing test response pane and how to use them.

Schools receive a reporting package which includes:

  • individual student reports
  • Student report information for parents and carers brochure
  • Administrators guide to reporting booklet
  • a disk containing Writing scripts and pdfs of individual student reports.

Catholic schools

Catholic Education schools’ results will be available in Appraise Reporting via appraisereporting.com

Unique usernames and passwords have been provided to each principal by CEWA. Further information can be obtained by contacting naplantesting@cewa.edu.au

Independent schools

AISWA schools’ NAPLAN results will be available via Valuate, which is accessed through a secure website. Unique usernames and passwords have been supplied to each school. Contact AISWA on 9441 1678 for further information.

Public schools

Public schools’ NAPLAN results are available online in the Educational Assessment Reporting System (EARS) format that can be accessed through the Student Achievement Information System (SAIS) via the Department’s portal. Aggregated school results will be available in Schools Online.

Schools should reconcile individual student results with school information before distributing student reports to parents.

Each year documents are produced which provide insights into the performance of Western Australian students in NAPLAN. These publications, Insights into Student Performance, provide valuable information for teachers to inform their programs. They include the following information:

  • sample test questions
  • skills and understandings assessed
  • percentage of students selecting each multiple-choice option
  • common errors
  • possible misconceptions
  • comparisons of Western Australian student performance to all Australian students.

Insights into Student Performance documents available for download through the appropriate system/sector's secure website.

Public reports on NAPLAN, the NAP sample assessments and other sample assessments that Australia has participated in are available here:

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

https://www.nap.edu.au/results-and-reports/national-reports

National Assessment Program – sample assessments (NAP sample assessments)

NAPSL (Science Literacy) results for Year 6 students

NAPCC (Civics and Citizenship) results for Years 6 and 10 students

NAP ICT Literacy results for Years 6 and 10 students

https://www.nap.edu.au/nap-sample-assessments

Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA results in Science, Mathematics and Reading for 15 year olds http://www.acer.edu.au/ozpisa

TIMSS and PIRLS Heading

TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) results for Years 4 and 8 students and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) results for Year 4 students
http://timss.bc.edu/

The 2020 NAPLAN Paper tests are scheduled for the mornings of Tuesday, 12 May, Wednesday, 13 May and Thursday, 14 May. All schools across Australia with students completing paper tests are expected to complete the tests on the same days.

Catch-up sessions may be conducted during the testing week at any time following the scheduled assessment time.

Students are not permitted to sit the paper tests after Friday, 15 May 2020.

2020 NAPLAN Paper test timetable

 

Tuesday
12 May

Wednesday
13 May

Thursday
14 May

Friday
15 May

Year 3

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
45 minutes

Numeracy
45 minutes

Catch-up tests for individual students who were absent can be offered any time after the scheduled test, up until the end of 15 May.

Year 5

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
50 minutes

Numeracy
50 minutes

Year 7

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
65 minutes

Numeracy
65 minutes


Part A:
Calculator Allowed
55 minutes


Part B:
Non-calculator
10 minutes

Year 9

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
65 minutes

Numeracy
65 minutes


Part A:
Calculator Allowed
55 minutes


Part B:
Non-calculator
10 minutes

Test security period

Tests must not be conducted prior to the published test dates under any circumstances.

The test security period is the period during which NAPLAN tests remain secure. For both paper and online tests, the test security period starts as soon as secure test materials are received by, or released to, a school, and runs until Friday in the week following the official test days for NAPLAN Online (Friday, 29 May 2020).

Once the test security period ends, schools are permitted to use NAPLAN tests for non-commercial education use within the school. They are not permitted to upload NAPLAN tests to any website, intranet site, or equivalent media and are not permitted to provide NAPLAN tests to parents/carers or members of the wider community, including the media. This applies to all NAPLAN test material from 2008 onwards.

The Handbook for principals and NAPLAN coordinators – 2020 is an important document. It contains sections of the National Protocols for Test Administration relevant to schools, including the Code of Conduct, and operational guidelines and instructions. All principals and NAPLAN coordinators are expected to be familiar with the Handbook’s content to ensure fairness of testing across Australia. Breaches of the National Protocols are taken seriously.

Test administration handbooks for teachers - link to go here

The Writing marking guides are provided here to assist schools to interpret students’ results. They are not intended to be used to mark students’ writing without thorough training on how to apply the rubric.

NOTE: these documents can also be found at https://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/writing

Some past NAPLAN test papers and marking guides are available online for teachers. These can be accessed through your system/sector's secure website. Schools usually keep sets of hard copies of NAPLAN tests on file for reference.

Please refer to the NAP website on copyright for further information regarding the use of the NAPLAN test materials.

Example test papers for all domains are available on the NAP website.

Example test papers for all domains are available on the NAP website

Schools receive a reporting package which includes:

  • individual student reports
  • Student report information for parents and carers brochure
  • Administrators guide to reporting booklet
  • a disk containing Writing scripts and pdfs of individual student reports.

Catholic schools

Catholic Education schools’ results will be available in Appraise Reporting via appraisereporting.com

Unique usernames and passwords have been provided to each principal by CEWA. Further information can be obtained by contacting naplantesting@cewa.edu.au

Independent schools

AISWA schools’ NAPLAN results will be available via Valuate, which is accessed through a secure website. Unique usernames and passwords have been supplied to each school. Contact AISWA on 9441 1678 for further information.

Public schools

Public schools’ NAPLAN results are available online in the Educational Assessment Reporting System (EARS) format that can be accessed through the Student Achievement Information System (SAIS) via the Department’s portal. Aggregated school results will be available in Schools Online.

Schools should reconcile individual student results with school information before distributing student reports to parents.

Each year documents are produced which provide insights into the performance of Western Australian students in NAPLAN. These publications, Insights into Student Performance, provide valuable information for teachers to inform their programs. They include the following information:

  • sample test questions
  • skills and understandings assessed
  • percentage of students selecting each multiple-choice option
  • common errors
  • possible misconceptions
  • comparisons of Western Australian student performance to all Australian students.

Insights into Student Performance documents available for download through the appropriate system/sector's secure website.

Public reports on NAPLAN, the NAP sample assessments and other sample assessments that Australia has participated in are available here:

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

https://www.nap.edu.au/results-and-reports/national-reports

National Assessment Program – sample assessments (NAP sample assessments)

NAPSL (Science Literacy) results for Year 6 students

NAPCC (Civics and Citizenship) results for Years 6 and 10 students

NAP ICT Literacy results for Years 6 and 10 students

https://www.nap.edu.au/nap-sample-assessments

Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA results in Science, Mathematics and Reading for 15 year olds http://www.acer.edu.au/ozpisa

TIMSS and PIRLS Heading

TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) results for Years 4 and 8 students and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) results for Year 4 students
http://timss.bc.edu/