NAPLAN online a first for South Australia

More than 80,000 South Australian students are taking part in NAPLAN from today, with around 18,500 undertaking the assessment online for the first time.

“NAPLAN is a useful tool that helps schools identify how well a student is doing so teachers can ensure each child is getting the most out of their education,” said Minister for Education John Gardner.

“It is important to recognise that NAPLAN is one of a range of tools used to measure individual student performance, enabling teachers to put in place the right supports for any student who is falling behind.

“This year, a number of schools are for the first time transitioning to NAPLAN Online. This is a sophisticated tool that will provide results faster, so teachers can tailor their teaching specific to student needs.”

Students across all schooling sectors are joining other year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students participating across Australia.

The paper and pen assessment will take place over three days, and schools participating in NAPLAN online will have the flexibility to complete the tests over a nine day period.

The Department for Education has worked closely with the Australia Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Education Services Australia throughout the preparation to transition to NAPLAN online.

NAPLAN Online tailors the assessment to student ability and provides more precise results and faster turnaround of information to help schools tailor teaching to student needs.

The National Assessment Program–Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) wasdeveloped by ACARA to capture performance trends and offer a national comparison.

The online platform has been developed by Education Services Australia.

Students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 all sectors (public, private, Catholic) are assessed across four domains: reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

NAPLAN online will apply to all test domains with the exception of year 3 writing. More information is available through ACARA:

Schools will have the option to revert to the paper-based test where issues arise outside of the school’s control.