National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is an annual assessment undertaken in the second week of May every year by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN, which began in 2008, tests students in the domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.

The results from the NAPLAN tests provide information on how students, schools and school systems are performing against national standards. NAPLAN information provides a baseline for monitoring student and school progress, enables longitudinal tracking of student achievement, and can be used to inform strategies for improving the literacy and numeracy achievements of students.

NAPLAN results are reported at the national, state and territory level in the NAPLAN Summary Information published on the NAP website (available in July) which contains preliminary results, and the National Report (available in December) which includes results by student subgroups (sex, Indigenous status, language background other than English, geolocation, Indigenous status by geolocation, parental education and parental occupation). These reports are available on the NAPLAN website.

Want to know more?

Visit the NAPLAN website.

Australian Government Response to the Senate Education and Employment References Committee Report: Effectiveness of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy