Student Item Analysis - Writing

The Student Item Analysis (Writing) shows how a student has performed by NAPLAN writing criterion (i.e. rubric).

This report includes the Writing domain only. Other domains are on a separate report.

This report is available to school-based staff only – currently, this includes principals and school executives. From mid-2018, it will also include teachers.

How will these reports benefit me?

The Student Item Analysis (Writing) report allows schools to analyse the NAPLAN performance of individual students for each criterion (also known as a rubric). Used in conjunction with the school-level report, it can indicate which students may need additional help with specific rubrics.

What does the Student Item Analysis report provide?

This one-page report presents a chart and multiple tables.

Student Writing Scores by Criterion

  • This column chart shows the student’s score for each criterion.
  • The x-axis displays the criterion.
  • The y-axis displays the student's score.
  • Hover over a data point to view the student’s score and the maximum possible score for that criterion.
  • This chart also acts as a slicer. Select any criterion to slice the table values to that criterion only.

Writing Score

  • This information tile displays the student’s total score, which is the sum of the scores in each criterion.

Possible Score Outcomes per Criterion

  • This table displays each potential score for the selected criterion.
  • The description contains the outcome expected of that question.
  • Each criterion may have a different maximum score. All possible scores for each criterion are shown. Note that the student’s actual score is shown in the chart above. Use the student’s actual score from the chart, together with the score description from this table, to understand the student’s performance in the selected criterion.
  • The question description and continuum are included.
  • Links to the stimulus and teaching strategies are provided.


  • This table links to the stimulus for the selected criterion.

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

  • Cohort Enrolment Year
  • Cohort Scholastic Year
  • Student Name – you must select a student for this report to be meaningful
  • Assessment
  • Assessment Year
  • Enrolment Type Group
  • Gender
  • Aboriginal
  • EAL/D

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

This report can support schools to understand the effectiveness of teaching strategies for individual students. 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?

Writing criteria where a student has performed significantly below the school average. This may indicate that the student requires additional assistance with that criterion/rubric.

Where does this data come from?


How frequently is data updated?


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