NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress across Australia in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs used in schools. As with all single assessments, NAPLAN test results are not intended to be used in isolation from other school-based assessment programs.
The VCAA is the NAPLAN Test Administration Authority (TAA) for all Victorian school sectors and acts on behalf of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in ensuring the successful delivery of the tests across the state. As the Victorian TAA, the VCAA is responsible for ensuring that NAPLAN tests are produced and delivered on schedule annually to all eligible Victorian Year 3/5/7/9 students, and for also ensuring that schools are fully aware of, and deliver the tests in accordance with, the National Protocols for Test Administration.
The VCAA also has a role in reviewing NAPLAN test content as part ACARA’s test development process. VCAA utilises its own curriculum and assessment expertise as well as experts from DET, Catholic and Independent sectors when reviewing proposed test questions.
The VCAA manages the printing, delivery, return, scanning and marking of the tests in Victoria, and the reporting of NAPLAN results to parents and schools. In addition, the VCAA ensures that Victorian schools are supported and kept up-to-date with NAPLAN related matters through its NAPLAN Helpdesk and communications such as School Notices, VCAA Bulletins and direct emails to schools.
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