NAPLAN Online

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. NESA is working with the Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Catholic Schools NSW and the Department of Education to coordinate the move to NAPLAN online for all NSW schools.

NAPLAN Online

Please contact the AISNSW NAPLAN Online team if you have any queries.

Participating in NAPLAN Online 2019


Schools participating in NAPLAN Online in 2019 are strongly encouraged by NESA to participate in the practice test between Monday 25 March - Friday 5 April 2019. To support schools in the preparation of NAPLAN Online, cross-sectoral training is available to all NSW schools beginning on Monday 18th February 2019. Further information about NAPLAN Online can be found on the NESA website.

Participating in NAPLAN Online 2020


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. NESA is working with the Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Catholic Schools NSW and the Department of Education to coordinate the move to NAPLAN online for all NSW schools.

Schools that are not moving to NAPLAN Online in 2019 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.

To assist in determining readiness to participate by 2020, schools may benefit from completing the technical readiness tools,checking the current technical specifications and visiting the NAPLAN Online public demonstration site. These activities might assist schools to identify any resource implications that might need to be included in future budgeting.

Accessing NAPLAN Data


NAPLAN analysis package is now available in Scout

The NSW Department of Education have advised that all 2018 NAPLAN data is now available in Scout.

Pre-2018 NAPLAN Data is now available to NSW independent schools in Scout. The SMART analysis software package will still be available but will only hold data up to 2017. From 2018, all NAPLAN data will be made available through Scout.

Scout has been designed to be an intuitive and easy to navigate platform which will enable teachers and school leaders to review and monitor their students’ assessment results as well as student growth and performance trends. The Scout platform is hosted by the NSW Department of Education (DoE) and can be accessed via the DoE extranet.

Principals and teachers with active DoE accounts, who already have SMART access, will see the Scout button on the DoE extranet homepage. Principals continue to manage who in their school has access to Scout through SMART permissions. It is important to note that although the Scout icon appears in the Extranet portal, Scout access can take up to 3 days to be effective.

Principals can contact NaplanReporting@aisnsw.edu.au if they need access to Scout or require their account access to be extended. AISNSW has developed a 'Guide for Independent School Principals Accessing NAPLAN data through Scout', to support principals in using AMU and SMU. This guide can be found below for logged in users.

Scout Training Resources

Online training resources have been developed to support schools in getting started with Scout. Resources are routinely updated and include online modules, webinars, training materials and quick reference guides. AISNSW has developed a suggested learning pathway to support independent schools in navigating relevant online training materials.

Face-to-face Training

AISNSW is currently running a series of live webinars to assist NSW independent schools in moving beyond the basics of Scout. AISNSW will then run face-to-face training to help schools unpack school specific data to inform learning. Further details about these session will be updated shortly.

NAPLAN Reporting

Please contact If you have questions about NAPLAN reporting