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NAPLAN Online | The Facts for Parents and Kids about the Online Tests

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NAPLAN Online marks the movement from paper tests to digital tests that began in 2018.

This will be a gradual process across all Australian states and territories that will see a significant shift in the testing dynamic. But what will this mean for the children taking the tests?

NAPLAN has been cancelled for 2020

Click here for more information.

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NAPLAN – A Snapshot

Like it or loathe it, NAPLAN is a part of our children’s educational landscape. This national test takes part in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and is designed to provide a glimpse into the progress of a child’s literacy and numeracy education. The testing takes place over three days in term two.

Some schools prepare their students for NAPLAN ahead of time with practice tests and skill work while others decide not to do practice tests, but rather practice ‘test like conditions’ to prepare them for the ‘process of testing’, so that the results may be a more accurate reflection of progress. NAPLAN results are often used by parents to inform their decisions about what school to send their children to but it’s really only one diagnostic tool in terms of decision-making.

Interested in where your local school sits? Here are the most recent NAPLAN primary school rankings for Brisbane’s northside and Brisbane’s southside.

NAPLAN sees students undertake a series of language and numeracy tests to see where they are when compared to their cohort and then to the national average. The tests are marked in a central environment by trained staff over a three to four week period following the test. These results are then later sent to schools and parents and they also appear on the MySchool website.

Some secondary schools may take NAPLAN results into consideration when accepting enrolments. This is a conversation (and the questions to ask the school) best had between you and the individual school to determine their specific selection criteria.

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Why is NAPLAN moving online?

The decision has been made to move NAPLAN online for a variety of reasons. These include:

  1. Ease of testing and collating of results
  2. Better environmental impact
  3. The ability to tailor tests for particular students (which means not all children will sit the same test. Students will be given the opportunities to show what they KNOW rather than what they DON’T know)
  4. Increased speed of results coming back / marking process will be smoother
  5. The ability of students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems to provide a deeper look at their progress rather than a superficial statement

Have a look at this video from ACARA for more of an explanation:

Here is more information from ACARA about tailored testing:

When will NAPLAN Online begin?

From 2018, schools in different states and territories will begin trialing NAPLAN online as part of an ‘opt-in’ basis. Individual states will then make decisions about when all schools in their jurisdiction will move to online testing.

Do not be concerned if your child’s school hasn’t started it yet but your friend’s school has. Everyone will be doing it eventually and no one will be disadvantaged.

NAPLAN has been cancelled for 2020

See above for the link for further information.

NAPLAN Online 2020 tests timetable

The test window for NAPLAN Online is extended from three days provided for the paper test to nine days to give schools more flexibility in scheduling and accommodate schools that may have fewer devices. The NAPLAN Online test window starts on Tuesday 15 May and finishes on Friday 25 May.
The online tests must be taken in the following order:

What schools are doing online NAPLAN test in Queensland?

State, Catholic and independent schools in Queensland will join their interstate counterparts in moving to NAPLAN Online in May 2018.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority will support 184 Queensland schools transition to NAPLAN Online in May 2018. This includes 116 state schools, 54 Catholic schools and 14 schools from Independent Schools Queensland.

Transitioning schools have been supported through training and a School Readiness Test. Here is the list of schools doing NAPLAN online:

Queensland Independent Schools doing NAPLAN online

  • Bethany Lutheran Primary School
  • Brisbane Christian College
  • Bundaberg Christian College
  • Endeavour Christian College
  • Fairholme College
  • Redlands College
  • Saint Stephen’s College
  • St Luke’s Anglican School
  • St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School
  • St Michael’s College
  • Staines Memorial College
  • The Glennie School
  • The Springfield Anglican College
  • Westside Christian College

Queensland Catholic schools doing NAPLAN online

Cairns diocese

  • Good Counsel College
  • Mother of Good Counsel School
  • St Augustine’s College
  • St John’s School
  • St Thomas’ School
  • Townsville diocese
  • Burdekin Catholic College
  • Columba Catholic College
  • Ryan Catholic College
  • St Anthony’s Catholic College
  • St Clare’s Catholic School
  • St Francis Catholic School
  • St Francis School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic School
  • St Margaret Mary’s College
  • St Michael’s Catholic School

Rockhampton diocese

  • Chanel College
  • Emmanuel Catholic Primary School
  • Emmaus College
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
  • St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Brisbane archdiocese

  • All Saints Primary School
  • Assisi College
  • Carmel College
  • Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School
  • Marymount Primary School
  • Our Lady of the Angels’ School
  • San Sisto College
  • St Andrew’s Catholic School
  • St Anthony’s School
  • St Edward the Confessor School
  • St Eugene College
  • St Finbarr’s School
  • St Francis Xavier School
  • St Joseph’s School
  • St Mary’s School
  • St Michael’s College
  • St Stephen’s School
  • St Thomas More Primary School

Toowoomba diocese

  • Assumption College
  • St Francis de Sales School
  • St Joseph’s School
  • St Maria Goretti School
  • St Mary’s College
  • St Saviour’s Primary School

Religious Institute/Public Juridic Person schools

  • All Hallows’ School
  • Brigidine College
  • Mount Alvernia College
  • Mt St Michael’s College
  • St Brendan’s College
  • St Joseph’s Nudgee College
  • St Patrick’s College
  • St Ursula’s College

Queensland state schools doing NAPLAN online

Far North Queensland state schools

  • Cardwell State School
  • Feluga State School
  • Gordonvale State School
  • Herberton State School
  • Innisfail East State School
  • Innisfail State College
  • Julatten State School
  • Mutchilba State School
  • Ravenshoe State School
  • Tagai State College: Yorke Island Campus
  • Trinity Bay State High School
  • Woree State School
  • Yungaburra State School

North Queensland state schools

  • Abergowrie State School
  • Aitkenvale State School
  • Belgian Gardens State School
  • Cameron Downs State School
  • Collinsville State High School
  • Cranbrook State School
  • Happy Valley State School
  • Mount Isa School of the Air
  • Richmond Hill State School
  • Rollingstone State School
  • Scottville State School
  • Sunset State School
  • Thuringowa State High School
  • Victoria Plantation State School

Central Queensland state schools

  • Bluff State School
  • Emerald State School
  • Farleigh State School
  • Gladstone State High School
  • Keppel Sands State School
  • Longreach State School
  • North Rockhampton State High School
  • Northview State School
  • Sarina State High School
  • Sarina State School
  • North Coast state schools
  • Aldridge State High School
  • Alloway State School
  • Buddina State School
  • Bullyard State School
  • Bundaberg West State School
  • Caboolture East State School
  • Caboolture State School
  • Coolum State School
  • Cooroy State School
  • Cordalba State School
  • Delaneys Creek State School
  • Elimbah State School
  • Gin Gin State High School
  • Gooburrum State School
  • Griffin State School
  • Gunalda State School
  • Gympie Central State School
  • Kepnock State High School
  • Kilcoy State School
  • Lowmead State School
  • Maleny State High School
  • Maleny State School
  • Mango Hill State School
  • Maroochydore State School
  • Maryborough Central State School
  • Maryborough State High School
  • Maryborough West State School
  • Moore Park State School
  • Morayfield State School
  • Mount Kilcoy State School
  • Murrumba State Secondary College
  • Palmwoods State School
  • Parke State School
  • Peregian Springs State School
  • St Helens State School
  • Yandaran State School

Metropolitan state schools

  • Albany Creek State School
  • Coopers Plains State School
  • Corinda State High School
  • Indooroopilly State School
  • Jamboree Heights State School
  • Kedron State School
  • Kenmore State High School
  • Middle Park State School
  • Milton State School
  • Minden State School
  • Northgate State School
  • Oakleigh State School
  • Pallara State School
  • Prenzlau State School
  • Pullenvale State School
  • Robertson State School
  • Runcorn State School
  • Springfield Lakes State School
  • The Gap State High School
  • Virginia State School
  • Warrigal Road State School
  • South East Queensland state schools
  • Beaudesert State School
  • Flagstone State Community College
  • Greenbank State School
  • Highland Reserve State School
  • Labrador State School
  • Miami State High School
  • Pimpama State Primary College
  • Pimpama State School
  • Pimpama State Secondary College
  • Shailer Park State School
  • Springbrook State School
  • Woodhill State School

Darling Downs South West state schools

  • Allora P-10 State School
  • Bell State School
  • Dalby State School
  • Freestone State School
  • Highfields State Secondary College
  • Jimbour State School
  • Maryvale State School
  • Vale View State School
  • Wheatvale State School
  • Wilsonton State High School

What computers will schools use?

If your child brings their own device they will be allowed to do so for NAPLAN online. However, the devices will be seccured so there is no internet access or spell checking (or similar) tools available. Your child will be shown how to do this.

How will the NAPLAN online tests be marked?

There will be automated scoring of the NAPLAN online tests. These are designed to mirror human scoring and will be much faster than the current system.

Can we try it?

The National Assessment Program website has a public demonstration site that will show you what the tests will be like for different year levels. You can access it here. 

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