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Federal, state and territory Education Ministers have agreed that the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will move online from 2018, over a two-to-three year period. The goal is for around 10 per cent of Australian schools to be conducting NAPLAN online in 2018, with increasingly more schools online in 2019, and by 2020 the aim is for all schools to be online. In 2018, 106 ACT schools successfully transitioned to NAPLAN Online.

Online education assessments bring many new opportunities for students and teachers. NAPLAN online will allow for more diversity in assessment tasks; will enable a broader range of skills to be assessed and the tests will be tailored to student achievement, providing more precise results.

Results will be available more rapidly than they are currently for paper tests, enabling teachers to identify learning priorities earlier and tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

Significant planning, development, research and trialling are going on to make sure we are all ready to move NAPLAN online. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA’s) multi-phase research and development program aims to provide findings on a range of issues to inform the transition of NAPLAN from a pen-and-paper test to a computer-based assessment.

School Readiness Test (SRT)

The School Readiness Test (SRT) is to ensure a school is ready to undertake NAPLAN Online in future years. SRT aims to test the technical readiness of schools, allowing schools to assess whether they meet the minimum technical requirements and also includes a survey component to gather school, teacher and student views. State/territory education authorities are responsible for preparing schools to move online, supported by a variety of readiness tools and activities.

ACT transitioning schools will administer the readiness tests during 10–28 September 2018. Students will undertake either one or two familiarisation tests comprising of questions from numeracy, reading and language conventions as well as a separate writing test.

The SRT is important as it will help schools ensure they have adequate bandwidth capacity, wireless connectivity, and whether students have access to a sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN testing. During the SRT, schools will also have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment, as well as the new test administration processes.

The SRT is not a test of content and has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge. Rather, it provides schools and students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the online assessment.

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Question and Answers

NAPLAN Online Questions and Answers

Moving NAPLAN online brings many new opportunities for students and teachers that are not possible with paper-based tests. NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to you within a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months.

Better assessment – more diversity in assessment tasks & assessing a broader range of skills and content.

More precise results – tests are tailored to student achievement, which will provide more precise results & keep students engaged.

Faster turnaround of information – results will be available more rapidly, enabling teachers to identify learning priorities earlier and tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

No. NAPLAN online will be implemented from 2018 and it is expected that all schools will be participating in NAPLAN Online by 2020.

In 2018, 106 ACT schools successfully participated in NAPLAN using the online system.

Implementation will be determined by jurisdictions, school systems and schools, based on readiness, to ensure an effective and efficient transition. In the ACT, we are working closely with both Government and Non-Government schools to complete the transition for all schools.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the NAPLAN online test including test questions, test administration policy as well as operational activities.

ACARA is undertaking a research and development program to inform the transition of NAPLAN from a pen-and-paper test to a computer-based assessment.

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training commissioned Education Services Australia (ESA) to develop and trial the platform which will deliver the National Assessment Program (NAP) online, including NAPLAN.

The NAPLAN online assessment platform will have state-of-the-art security protections. Before NAPLAN went online in 2018, it was used to trial various online assessment activities as well as the National Assessment Program: Civics and Citizenship in 2016. These activities will allowed us to ensure the security of the system.

Significant planning, development, research and trialling have occurred to make sure we are ready to transition to NAPLAN online.

ACARA has undertaken detailed research projects relating to online test delivery over recent years, including students’ cognitive and behavioural engagement, and the capacity of tailored test design to generate robust and differentiated student achievement data.

School Readiness Test (SRT) Questions and Answers

The SRT is undertaken by schools to confirm their readiness to transition to NAPLAN Online.

It provides the opportunity for schools to undertake technical preparation activities and conduct a number of test sessions to assess the effectiveness of their test administrator training, confirm they can manage the logistics of conducting NAPLAN online and their infrastructure (devices, bandwidth, and local networks) can support online testing.

All ACT schools who did not transition in 2018 are participating in this trial. Schools have been requested to administer the test to either one class or one cohort of students.

As with any trial of a new product, schools may experience some process or technical issues during the SRT. Feedback following the SRT will help identify improvements that can be implemented before the assessments in May 2019.

The ACT Test Administration Authority (TAA) is responsible for preparing schools during SRT. The TAA will support schools with training and a variety of readiness tools and activities.

Handbooks and technical user guides to assist school staff such as the Principal, NAPLAN Coordinator and Test Administrators have been distributed. In addition, a Help Desk will be available to report issues and ask questions.

The test will consist of four omnibus tests – one for each year level. An omnibus test comprises items for reading, numeracy and conventions of language. The omnibus test will be the same as the tests used for the practice test in March 2018. A writing test for each year level will also be provided.

Yes. Students will also be able to use their own headphones required for the spelling test. Training provided to schools details how BYOD devices can be used, consistent with BYOD policies.

Please refer to the NAP website for further information concerning BYOD:

Yes. Participation in the SRT will require the use of a locked down browser; while the online assessment platform can be used with modern browsers, the test player used by students is configured by default to run using a specific browser application. This is referred to as a ‘locked down browser’ as it is designed to prevent the student accessing other applications and web pages.

The NAP locked down browser or application will need to be installed on all devices used by students to sit the NAPLAN tests by downloading and installing the application on their machines. For further information refer to the NAP website:

NB: The locked down browser is only operational on a machine while a test is being undertaken.


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