Information regarding workshops & registration



National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): Paper

NAPLAN is part of the National Assessment Program (NAP) and is a whole cohort assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The NAPLAN is commissioned by the Education Council, a council of ministers from all states and territories. The NAPLAN tests are coordinated by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

The National Assessment Program website, is maintained with updates on all aspects of the national tests, including the NAPLAN.

Please contact Rosemary Kadow if you have questions relating to the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Paper test.

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NAPLAN (Paper Test) Information Session

This session is recommended for school leaders and staff with responsibilities related to the operational aspects of 2018 NAPLAN (Paper) tests.


  • Option 1: Monday 19 March 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Option 2: Tuesday 20 March 9.30am to 11.30am

Enquiries: Desiree Gilbert or Rosemary Kadow

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2018 Testing Dates for Paper-Based NAPLAN Tests

NAPLAN is scheduled for Term 2, Week 3  

Year Level Tuesday 15
Wednesday 16 May Thursday 
17 May
Year 3 Conventions of Language
40 minutes

40 minutes
45 minutes

Numeracy 45 minutes
Calculators are not permitted to be used in this test.

Year 5 Conventions of Language
40 minutes

40 minutes
50 minutes
Numeracy 50 minutes
Calculators are not permitted to be used in this test.
Year 7 Conventions of Language
45 minutes

40 minutes
65 minutes
Numeracy 60 minutes
One test: Part A Calculator, Part B Non-Calculator. (Short break in between Part A and Part B to allow calculators to be collected or put aside. Students should not leave the room during the break.)
Year 9 Conventions of Language
45 minutes

40 minutes
65 minutes
Numeracy 60 minutes
One test: Part A Calculator, Part B Non-Calculator. (Short break in between Part A and Part B to allow calculators to be collected or put aside. Students should not leave the room during the break.)

It is critical that schools check these dates against their 2018 term calendar

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Test Security Period

The security period commences on the arrival of the test materials in schools. The 2018 Test Security Period is extended by one week and all tests must remain secure until 1 June 2018.

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Future Testing Dates

States and territories have agreed on a schedule of dates for the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) into the future.

The test dates for 2019 are: 
14 - 16 May

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Data Collection for Student Registration

NAPLAN student registration data is due by Monday 12 February 2018

Student registration data for all National Assessments must be collected in a consistent way to enable national reporting. State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers’ have agreed that all government and non-government schools would use common definitions of specified background variables when reporting on student outcomes. This consistency is crucial in determining the extent of improvement in student outcomes, particularly for students who may be educationally disadvantaged.

It is the responsibility of each school to request this data from parents either upon enrolment or prior to the student sitting their first NAPLAN assessment.

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 standardised data collection form. In developing the form, it was important that the questions asked of parents would not be overly intrusive. Parents are therefore not being asked to provide specific details of their education, occupation or income but, rather, are asked to select an appropriate response from a limited number of broad educational and occupational categories outlined on the form.

The reporting of student outcomes using the nationally agreed definitions of student sub-groups is now a standard requirement for reporting results of assessments in the annual National Report on Schooling in Australia (the ANR). National reporting of student outcomes complements school and system-level reporting.

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Registration of Students for Participation in NAPLAN

The registration of students for participation in NAPLAN includes the provision of student and parent background characteristics, as part of a school’s obligations under the Australian Education Act 2013. Since 2010 this background data is also used for the generation of the school ICSEA score.

This data is collected using a nationally standardised form, which can be found in Attachment 2 of the Data Standards Manual on the ACARA website. 

It is essential that quality assurance of this data takes place at the school level. NAPLAN Student Registration Data is due Monday 12 February 2018.

Support and Assistance
For support and assistance with the data collection process, please contact:

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Procedures for Registration of Students

Schools use their school administrative system to store the data set required to register students for NAPLAN. Schools will need to update and roll over data to generate the list of students participating for 2018.

  1. Select the staff member who will be responsible for the whole process including the checking of the accuracy of the final data entry.
  2. Select the staff who will:
    • Prepare and send the letter and questionnaire to parents
    • Collect returned questionnaires
    • Follow up outstanding questionnaires
    • Enter the data on the National Reporter Access Database or your school’s administrative system.
  3. Extract the data into the required file type.
  4. Email the completed registration data as an attachment to:

What needs to be sent to families? (if the data has not already been collected)

  1. An explanatory letter stating the purpose of the data collection and a deadline for return to go to each family of the year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students.
  2. A standard questionnaire for each child to be filled out (the wording of the questions must be exactly the same as on the standard questionnaire supplied (and inclusive of collection notices and privacy statements).
  3. A list of occupational groupings – refer to Data Collection Manual

Which details MUST be checked by the school for accuracy?
The following information must be checked for accuracy prior to it being emailed:

  1. All students intending to participate in the Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 assessments are listed – all students are accounted for.
  2. Student data in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 is organised into separate class or care groups.
  3. The names are spelled correctly – this data is used to label the students’ test booklets and individual student reports.
  4. All data fields are completed.

Privacy Legislation
Commonwealth privacy legislation imposes certain obligations on non-government schools, as private sector organisations, in relation to the collection and handling of personal information about individuals.

Both the school’s Privacy Statement and the Collection Notice for Lutheran Schools/Non Lutheran Schools should be distributed to parents with the data collection forms.

The Privacy Compliance Manual (August 2017) provides assistance and guidance to non-government schools corresponding with the new requirements they must observe in relation to the preservation of an individual's privacy.

Support and Assistance
For support and assistance with the data collection process, please contact:

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Students with a Disability and NAPLAN

Adjustments are provided to students with disabilities to support access to the tests.

Disability adjustments scenarios
A number of scenarios that provide examples of how the adjustments outlined in the National protocols for test administration may be applied. The scenarios are examples only, and are to be used only as a guide in circumstances with students that may be in a similar situation.

Schools concerned about the level of adjustments required for an individual student can contact Alice Duffield AISSA, Senior Educational Consultant Special Education.

Special print orders
Schools will be required to order braille, large print or electronic tests before 23 March 2018 for students who are not registered with the South Australian School for Vision Impaired (SASVI). Order forms for 2018 will be posted on the AISSA’s website when available. Please contact Rosemary Kadow regarding any queries about Special Print orders.

Scribe or Assistive Technology (laptop) for the Writing test
For students requiring the use of a scribe or an assistive technology such as a computer for paper mode writing tests, please contact Rosemary Kadow.

Exempt and Withdrawn Students
Sample Withdrawal and Exemption forms can be found in the 2018 Handbook for Principals and on the Department for Education and Child Development website. This website also provides these forms in languages other than English. Completed and signed forms are to be stored at the school.

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The Tests

NAPLAN tests broadly reflect important aspects of literacy and numeracy in the Australian Curriculum adopted by each state or territory.

2018 NAPLAN Writing Test
The genre for the 2018 NAPLAN writing task will not be disclosed prior to the test period.

All Year 3 students will undertake the test using paper.

Numeracy Test: Year 7 and Year 9
Modifications to the numeracy paper test made in 2017 will continue in 2018, whereby Year 7 and Year 9 students sit a single numeracy test separated into two parts:

  • Part A (where a calculator is allowed) and
  • Part B (where calculators are not permitted).

There is a short break between Part A and Part B to allow calculators to be collected. Students should not leave the room during this short break.

Sample questions and example tests
Sample question papers for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are available from the NAP website.

Types of questions
The types of test formats and questions are generally familiar to teachers and students across Australia. From 2017, the NAPLAN paper tests will include some new types of questions, such as questions with multiple choices. Students may also be asked to answer questions that require them to look at two reading texts on the same topic.

The NAP website provides two example question booklets, along with the example reading texts, which show the range of question types in the tests.

Release of past NAPLAN test papers for 2008–2011
ACARA has released past NAPLAN test papers for 2008–2011. Releasing these previous test papers forms a part of our response to Freedom of Information Act requests received by ACARA. The NAPLAN tests are subject to copyright restrictions and are for personal use only. These tests should not be used for drilling students for future NAPLAN tests. See the ACARA website for more information and the NAPLAN 2008–2011 test papers.

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Student Participation Website

The Student Participation Website will open on Friday 16 March 2018.

Log-in details and a user guide will be emailed in March to principals with responsibility for paper testing. Please ensure the school’s unique log-in details are kept secure for future reference. It is important that student details are checked and updated.

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NAPLAN Administration Documents

2018 Administration documents will be posted when available.

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2017 NAPLAN Analysis Tool

An email generated by the DECD SecureFile platform in October 2017 invited Principals to access a government dropbox and download their school’s data.

A separate email from Emily Metelmann provided each Principal their school’s unique school password.

Please contact Emily Metelmann for assistance accessing the 2017 Analysis Tool.

Professional learning is provided to support school leadership teams with the analysis of their NAPLAN data.

NAPLAN Data Analysis: Introducing the 2017 Analytical Tool
Designed for leadership teams, the sessions will explore the functionality aspects of the NAPLAN analysis tool including how it can support analysis of cohort, class group and individual student data and school achievement data.


  • 20 February 2018
  • 1 March 2018
  • 6 March 2018

All sessions 9am – 12pm

Enquiries: Desiree Gilbert or Rosemary Kadow

NAPLAN Data Analysis: Advanced
This professional learning opportunity is designed for leadership teams who are familiar with the functionality of the NAPLAN Analysis Tool and will provide an opportunity for leadership teams to interrogate the student achievement data at a deeper level.


  • 21 February 2018, 9am – 12pm
  • 6 March 2018, 1pm – 4pm
  • 14 March 2018, 9am – 12pm

Enquiries: Desiree Gilbert or Rosemary Kadow

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