Naplan 2017

St Mary’s College leads the way as a provider of on-line testing in NAPLAN in 2017.


Once again this year (9 May – 19 May) students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will participate in a National Test Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). NAPLAN is designed to test numeracy and literacy at the appropriate year levels. The results of these tests are released to the community on the website


Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that NAPLAN will move online from 2017 – over a two-to-three year period. St Mary’s College will be one of the first schools throughout the State to move to NAPLAN Online.

Moving NAPLAN online brings many new opportunities for students and teachers that are limited or not possible with paper-based tests. It will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. The test window for NAPLAN Online has been increased to two weeks to allow increased flexibility for tests to be staggered over a longer period of time. You can preview what the test environment will look like by investigating the NAPLAN Online Public Demonstration site -

ACARA has completed extensive research on the comparability of the two tests, paper and electronic and found that some of the main benefits of students taking part in NAPLAN Online include:

Better assessment – and more precise results.

NAPLAN Online uses a tailored test or adaptive design, where the test automatically adapts to a student's performance and asks questions that match the student achievement level, allowing the student to demonstrate their knowledge.

For example, students who struggle with questions early in the test are directed to questions that are less complex. Students performing to a higher level in the test will have an opportunity to answer questions that are more complex. This provides teachers and schools with more targeted and detailed information on students’ performance on the tests. Tailored testing also provides an opportunity to broaden the scope of the assessments and maintains the student’s engagement in the test.

Faster turnaround of results.

Delivery of assessments online significantly reduces the time it takes to provide feedback to schools, students and parents, so teachers can respond more quickly to learning needs.


Student Preparation

St Mary’s College has and will continue to prepare students for the rigors of NAPLAN Online. Students have been working on a variety of typical NAPLAN style questions and becoming familiar with the strategies in undertaking an online test. The various departments have been and will be undertaking the following preparation with the Year 7 & 9 students:

Ø  English Department – Writing (Persuasive and Narrative genre), Spelling, Guided Reading techniques, Grammar and Punctuation.

Ø  Mathematics Department – Numeracy (both with calculator and without calculator)

Ø  Science Department – Shared reading, Tier 2 vocabulary and Persuasive writing.

Ø  Religious Education Department – Persuasive genre, Tier 2 vocabulary, sustained writing.

Ø  Arts Department – Sustained writing and shared reading.

Ø  Humanities Department – Sustained writing and Tier 2 vocabulary

Ø  PE Department – Sustained writing and Tier 2 vocabulary

Class teachers in Year 5 have also been preparing the students for all sections of the tests.  This work will focus on numeracy and literacy skills and practicing test situations.  This will be completed in class time and for homework.

Literacy and numeracy are crucial to success, and as such are considered fundamental in education. Completion of this preparation program may assist your son’s performance in these examinations as well as his academic studies.

If you do not want your son to undertake one or all of the NAPLAN tests, please contact the College for more information regarding withdrawal.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming NAPLAN testing please do not hesitate to contact the College.

Mr Brendon Willocks, Year 5-9 Curriculum Leader

Mr Michael Newman, Principal


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