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NAPLAN Goes Digital

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NAPLAN testing will be undertaken online for the first time in select Northern Territory schools this year, as the Territory joins the national transition from paper to digital testing.

From today, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will take part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which provides a nationwide snapshot of student progress in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation; and numeracy.

In 2019, students at 32 Northern Territory schools will complete NAPLAN testing online. All other students will undertake traditional paper testing this year but will move to online testing in 2020.

The 2019 NAPLAN test period will be conducted from 14-16 May for schools sitting paper tests and over three days within the window of 14-24 May 2019 for schools going online.

Schools undertaking online testing are located in Alice Springs, Katherine, Palmerston and Darwin.

Skills tested in NAPLAN are developed over time through the school curriculum. Students do not need to learn new content prior to the commencement of testing.

The focus for the Northern Territory is ensuring that NAPLAN is a positive experience for students and schools.

Test results for the National Assessment Program are reported a number of different ways including through public reports, individual student reports, and reporting on the My School website.

For the NAPLAN 2019 schedule, visit http://www.nap.edu.au or www.education.nt.gov.au.

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