As you are aware, NAPLAN is coming up in Term 2 and students will be completing the tests between May 9 and May 19 (Term 2 Week 3-4). Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that NAPLAN will move online from 2017 – over a two-to-three year period. This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. In the ACT, the writing test for Year 3 will be on paper and all other tests for Year 3/5/9 will be done online.

Our Year 7 and 9 students will be using their own devices for the tests with a locked down browser that needs to be installed at home (see link below) that will ensure test conditions. We are working hard to ensure all of our students are prepared for the changes and will be running some trial tests to ensure the browsers have been installed, are working correctly and students are familiar with the process of logging onto the test.

There are a few things you can do from home to support us in making sure the process runs smoothly for our students:

  • Learn more about NAPLAN online by clicking here.
  • Visit the public demonstration site by clicking here. This site will allow you to see examples of what the online tests will look like and students can navigate the online tests from this site to practise the new test format.
  • Use this link to install the locked down browser suitable for your child’s device. This is an important step and we require all student devices to have the locked down browser installed by the beginning of Term 2 so we can run trial tests in Week 1.
  • Ensure your child has headphones that they can use as there are audio components to the tests.

Thank you so much for your support, and please contact me if you have any questions or issues.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Sadler (NAPLAN Coordinator)

Rebecca.sadler@ed.act.edu.au