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NAP Sample Assessments

Schools are selected for participation in a NAP Sample Assessment through a national sampling process. If selected, schools are notified by letter well in advance of the assessmet period. Usually 10 – 16 schools from across the SA Independent sector are selected for participation in a particular sample assessment. Rosemary Kadow is the NAP Liaison Officer for schools in the SA Independent sector. (E:kadowr@ais.sa.edu.au Ph: 08 8179 1413)


The NAP Sample Asessments

The NAP sample assessments test students' skills and understanding in Science Literacy, Civics and Citizenship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy.

Schools (and students) are selected via a scientific representative selection process. Only selected groups of students participate in the Sample Assessments - usually Year 6 and / or Year 10 students.

The tests are held on a rolling three-yearly basis. NAP Sample Assessments began in 2003 with Science Literacy (NAP - SL), followed by Civics and Citizenshp (NAP - CC) in 2004 and Information and Communication Technology Literacy (NAP - ICTL) in 2005.

There are also NAP Sample Assessments conducted by international organisations on behalf of MCEECDYA:

  • Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This is administered to samples of 15-year-old school students.
  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) which is conducted every four years by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). This tests a sample of students in Years 4 and 8 from each participating country.
  • Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is conducted every five years by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). This test is administered to a sample of students in their fourth year of schooling from each participating country. Australia was involved for the first time in the study in 2011.
  • International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) is an initiative of the International Association for the Evaluation of Education Achievement (IEA). ICILS is the first international comparative study of student preparedness for life in the information age and examines the outcomes of student computer and information literacy education across participating countries.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the overall management of the National Assessment Program, including the NAP Sample Assessments, however ACARA does not oversee the delivery of these international  assessments.

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2015 - 2017 NAP Sample Assesment Schedule

Timing

Assessment

2015

Science Literacy (TIMMS)

2016

Civics and Citizenship Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

2017

Information and Communication Literacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Data Collection for Student Registration

The student registration data collected for the NAP Sample Assessments is the same student data collected by schools to register students for the NAPLAN assessments. Schools selected for participation in a NAP sample assessment will receive information from the testing contractor about the procedures for submitting this student background data.

This data may have been collected upon enrolment or prior to a student first sitting a NAPLAN assessment at their school. Schools are required to collect information for each of the following four student background characteristics:

  • sex
  • Indigenous status
  • socioeconomic background
  • language background.

This information is collected using a standardized form. It is likely to be stored in either the National Reporter Access Database or in the school’s administration system.

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Associated Documents

Copies of reports and school support materials for the NAP Sample Assessments can be found at www.nap.edu.au/NAP_Sample_Assessments/index.html

 

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