NAPLAN Online will deliver numerous benefits including:

  • reduced time between testing and reporting, increasing the ability of teachers to use the results to inform teaching practice;
  • a ‘tailored test’ design that adapts to correct and incorrect student responses providing a more precise understanding of student achievement;
  • innovative use of technology, including a more engaging test design and a wider range of item types;
  • improved equity of access, including greater potential to support students with a disability;
  • the extension of the ‘test window’ to two weeks, allowing schools greater opportunity to schedule the tests at times that suit them best and increasing student participation.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has responsibility for the central management of NAPLAN and is leading the transition nationally.

The VCAA will facilitate the transition in Victoria, in collaboration with the Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors.

In order to undertake NAPLAN Online, schools will need an appropriate number of suitable devices for students and the network infrastructure in place to support them. To maximise accessibility and fairness, a wide range of computing devices will be supported, including laptops and tablets.

Additional information regarding NAPLAN Online (including test design and frequently asked questions) is available on the NAP website.

Transition in Victoria

Victorian schools will not be taking part in an online pilot of the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in 2017.

Technological issues that are affecting NAPLAN Online’s platform and supporting technology are unable to be resolved in time to commence the online version of NAPLAN in May 2017. Testing indicates that this could affect students’ ability to complete the tests online.

Given that insufficient time is available to rectify these issues and adequately test the system prior to the NAPLAN tests in May 2017, Victoria’s implementation of NAPLAN Online will be postponed until 2018. As a result of this decision, all NAPLAN 2017 tests will be administered via pen and paper in Victoria this May.

In making this decision the key focus has been to ensure that all participating Victorian students have a positive experience of NAPLAN Online. The information available to date identifies technical issues that pose too great a risk to achieving this outcome. All the participating schools had fully reached or exceeded the preparation requirements asked of them and the VCAA acknowledges and thanks them for the considerable effort and contribution they made to prepare for the NAPLAN Online pilot in 2017.

While the postponement of Victoria’s involvement is extremely disappointing for all concerned, the VCAA remains fully committed to the transition to NAPLAN Online and will be working with schools to undertake NAPLAN Online in 2018.

The VCAA will advise schools regarding the future implementation of NAPLAN Online in due course.

Further Information

ACARA NAP website
NAPLAN Online FAQs and transition advice from ACARA.