National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

What is NAPLAN?

NAPLAN is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading,
writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy

NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.


Above information from the NAPLAN website.

How to support your student.

Students will mostly feel calm and ready to go in their testing week but if they are feeling any anxiety, we have some great articles by Andrew Fuller under document listing on this page with simple ideas to help students take control and understand their concerns.