National Assessment Program (NAP)

The National Assessment Program (NAP) is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools and the community determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes and developing the skills they need to live and work in a globalised world. The NAP is a major component of the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2015, which is the basis for reporting on progress towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.

The NAP includes all assessments endorsed by Australian Education Ministers, including:

The Australian Government and state and territory governments have endorsed these assessments as part of their ongoing commitment to undertaking national and international comparisons of education approaches and student performance. Nationally comparable data about student performance enables governments to assess how Australian students are performing relative to their peers and determine where improvements need to be made based on evidence. Both international and national assessments provide the big picture of the Australian education system.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) manages the development and delivery of NAPLAN and NAP sample assessments in collaboration with Test Administration Authorities in states and territories. The Australian Government Department of Education and Training manages the international NAP sample assessments on behalf of all states and territories. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is currently engaged as the National Project Manager for each of the international assessments.

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