Commonwealth, State and Territory education ministers have agreed that the annual National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will move from pen and paper to online testing from 2018, with full participation by all Australian schools by 2020. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) acts as the NSW NAPLAN Test Administration Authority.

Some schools will transition to NAPLAN Online in 2018

The majority of schools in NSW participated in activities in 2017 that helped assess their readiness to transition to NAPLAN Online.

Following Minister Stokes’ consideration of the feedback from the NSW health check, a small proportion of NSW government, Catholic and independent schools will transition to NAPLAN Online in 2018.

Schools that are not moving to NAPLAN Online in 2018 will sit the pencil and paper NAPLAN test, and will continue to be supported by the AIS and NESA in preparation to transition to NAPLAN Online by 2020.

Supporting schools to transition to NAPLAN online by 2020

Later in the year there will be further training and another School Readiness Test which will inform the approach taken in NSW for NAPLAN 2019. NESA will shortly be providing information on the schedule of activities including training and readiness test dates.

To assist in determining readiness to participate by 2020, schools may benefit from completing the technical readiness tools, checking the current technical specifications and participation in training and the School Readiness Test in 2018. These activities might assist schools to identify any resource implications that might need to be included in future budgeting.

AISNSW is available to assist NSW independent schools with questions or issues they may have in relation to NAPLAN Online. Useful links for NSW independent schools have been collected on this page, which will be updated regularly.

SMART NAPLAN analysis package is transitioning to Scout

In recent years, NSW independent schools have been able to access their students’ NAPLAN results through the SMART analysis software package hosted by the NSW Department of Education.

The SMART software is unable to be adapted for NAPLAN online reporting. From 2018, NAPLAN data will be made available through Scout instead.

Scout will provide teachers and school leaders with access to their students’ NAPLAN results which have previously been provided through SMART. SMART will still be available but will only hold data up to 2017. Pre 2018 NAPLAN data will also be available on Scout.

Teachers and school leaders will be able to use Scout to review and monitor their students’ assessment results as well as student growth and performance trends.

Further information as well as details of Scout training opportunities will be updated on this page regularly.

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NAPLAN Reporting

If you have questions about NAPLAN reporting or the transition to Scout