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NAPLAN: a snapshot in time

NAPLAN testing will begin from 15 May with some public schools in NSW starting to transition from pencil and paper to online testing.

Tanilba Bay Public School

Students from Tanilba Bay Public School sat a practice test for NAPLAN Online in March.

NAPLAN is a short assessment that students take four times during their school life. It is a point-in-time assessment or snapshot, designed to assess how a student is progressing in the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy.

Following a successful and comprehensive testing period, 431 NSW public schools will complete NAPLAN testing online this year with full participation from all Australian schools expected by 2020.

Schools that are not moving to NAPLAN Online this year will sit the pencil and paper test and will continue to be supported by the department and the NSW Education Standards Authority in preparing to transition online over the next two years.

NAPLAN data is used to help teachers monitor student progress over time against a national measure and identify areas of strength and development. It is used in combination with other school assessments to guide and support student learning. The data also supports conversations between parents, teachers and schools working together to help students achieve their full potential.

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