Student Item Analysis Non-Writing Online

The Student Item Analysis Non-Writing report shows how a student has performed by NAPLAN item.

This report includes results only for the students that have participated in the NAPLAN test online. Paper results are reported in a separate report. This report includes all online NAPLAN domains except Writing.

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.

The student is not exposed to all items but only to the items in their tailored testing pathway. Click here for more details.

How will this report benefit me?

The report allows schools to analyse the NAPLAN performance of individual students for each item descriptor of the assessment. Used in conjunction with the school-level report, it can indicate which students may need additional help with specific topics or skills.

What does the report provide?

This one-page report has information on:

Item List - Student

  • This table displays each item in the selected assessment and domain that the student was exposed to in their tailored testing pathway.
  • The Item Descriptor shown is not the actual item text but the outcome expected of that item.
  • Skillset - To assist in organising items, items have been grouped into skillsets by item descriptor. Item descriptors were used to group skillsets as all items were not released by ACARA (see ‘Released’ definition below). Each skill set within a domain is derived from a group of similar skills that are conceptually aligned. For example, in Reading, vocabulary is a distinct skill set that requires students to identify, explain or analyse vocabulary used in a text.
    Note: Since items with the same Item descriptor may have had a range of levels of item difficulty, skillsets may also cover a range of content complexity.
  • The response indicates if a student’s response to an Item presented in the Student’s pathway is Correct or Incorrect.
  • 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 test is based on the tailored testing pathway with pathways labelled A to F, as shown in the link below. Each pathway is given a number to reflect a parallel form of the pathway. Students are randomised to parallel forms of the pathway, which has items of equivalent difficulty.
  • 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 is shown, indicating the type of the item selected to match the skills, knowledge and understandings being assessed in the test pathways. 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.
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  • Select a single item in the table to view details for that item in the Item Details table below.

Item Details

  • This table displays details for an individual Item Descriptor selected in the Item List - Student table above.
  • The syllabus ID, Syllabus Outcome corresponding to the item are shown in the table.
  • Links to the Curriculum and Exemplar are shown.

Use the slicers provided to select a student and further analyse the data:

  • Assessment Year
  • Executive Director Group
  • Network Name
  • School Name
  • Enrolment Type Group
  • Enrolment Type
  • Cohort Scholastic Year
  • Student Name
  • Assessment
  • Domain – Grammar & Punctuation, Numeracy, Spelling and Reading.
  • Student Band Achieved
  • Item Band
  • Gender
  • Aboriginal
  • EAL/D
  • Participation Type

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 Student Performance Measures, Effective Classroom Practice and Data Skills and Use elements of the SEF.

What should I look for?

Item Descriptor and Syllabus Outcomes where a student has performed significantly below the school average. This may indicate the student requires additional assistance with those topics or skills.

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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