School Item Analysis Non-Writing Online

The School Item Analysis Non-Writing - Online report shows how the school has performed by NAPLAN item (i.e. questions) and compares this to NSW government schools (DoE).

This report includes results only for the students who have participated in the NAPLAN test online. Paper results are reported in a separate report. This report includes all Online NAPLAN domains except writing, which is on a separate report.

This report is available to school-based staff and network directors.

How does online tailored testing work?

NAPLAN Online uses a feature known as tailored testing, where the test automatically adapts to the student’s performance and asks questions that match the student’s achievement level. All students of each year level start with questions of the same level of complexity. The computer system scores the students’ answers.

The student then progresses to the next test, which includes questions that may be easier or more difficult than the prior test, depending on the student’s performance. There are up to three tests per domain.

Students are not exposed to all items but only to the items in their tailored testing pathway.

See the National Assessment Program site for more details.

How will this report benefit me?

The report allows schools to analyse their NAPLAN performance in each assessment item and compares this to the performance of DoE students in the same item. This can pinpoint strengths and/or gaps in the school’s teaching strategy. For example, some items may have been answered extremely well by the school, indicating a strength in the teaching of that topic or skill.

What does the report provide?

This one-page report has information on:

Item List – School and DoE

  • This table displays each item in the selected assessment and domain.
  • The Item Descriptor shown is not the actual item/ question text but is the outcome expected of that item.
  • The Item Difficulty is shown. The Item Difficulty assigned to an item indicates that students who achieved that Scaled Score and above would have been likely to get this item correct. Students below this scaled score would have been likely to get this item incorrect.
  • The Number of Students Exposed to the item, % of students who answered the item correctly within the school (% Correct of Exposed), and % of students who answered the item correctly across the DoE schools (% Correct within DoE) are shown.
  • Released information indicates whether the full Item content is released by ACARA. Only a limited percentage (approximately 25%) of actual Questions/ Items are released publicly. When not released, a link to an Exemplar Item, an item of similar content rather than the actual Item is presented. Note that these Exemplar Items have the same Item Descriptor as the Item presented to the Student, however, the Item Difficulty may vary.
  • Item Type indicates the type of the item selected to match the skills, knowledge and understandings being assessed in the test pathways. Ex: HT – Hot Text, ET – Extended Text, MC – Multiple Choice, IGGM – Interactive Graphic Gap Match, IGM – Interactive Gap Match, TE – Text Entry, CO – Composite, IM – Interactive Match, HS – Hotspot, MCS – Multiple Choices.
    Refer here for more details.
  • Click on a single item in the table to view details for that item in the table below.

Item Details

  • This table displays details for an individual item, as selected in the Item List table above.
  • The actual question text is NOT shown, however, the Syllabus ID and a more detailed expected syllabus outcome are shown.
  • Links to the Curriculum and Exemplar are provided.

Use the slicers provided to filter and further analyse the data:

  • Executive Director Group
  • Network Name
  • School Name
  • Enrolment Type Group
  • Enrolment Type
  • Assessment Year
  • Domain – Grammar and Punctuation, Numeracy, Reading and Spelling.
  • Assessment
  • Gender
  • Aboriginal
  • EAL/D

How can I use the report to support my school self-assessment?

This report can support schools to understand the effectiveness of teaching strategies at the school level. It will assist schools with the Assessment and Reporting, Student Performance Measures, Effective Classroom Practice and Data Skills and Use elements of the SEF.

What should I look for?

  • Items where there is a large difference in performance between the school and the DoE. These may point to gaps in the teaching strategy for that topic or skill.
  • The latest three years of NAPLAN Online data are provided. This allows teachers to analyse their current students’ responses to the prior NAPLAN assessment.

Where does this data come from?


How frequently is data updated?



  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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