More SA students to sit NAPLAN online in 2019

82,000 students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 from across the state will begin taking part in NAPLAN testing today.

Around 64,900 students from more than 500 schools across South Australia will be sitting the test online, compared to 18,500 students from around 140 schools who did NAPLAN online for the first this time last year.

South Australia is working towards transitioning all schools to NAPLAN online by 2020.

Students are assessed across four domains: reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The paper and pencil assessment will take place over the next three days. Schools participating in NAPLAN online will have the flexibility to complete the test over a nine-day period.

Education Minister John Gardner said NAPLAN results has the potential to provide valuable insights into a child’s learning.

“We want our schools to support all of our students to fulfil their potential in their education, and in life,” said Minister Gardner.

“The NAPLAN assessment provides schools with useful information that is used alongside other data, and teachers’ own observations, to help those teachers to guide student learning most effectively.

“I urge students to do their best on their best on the day and remember that this is not about passing or failing, but about checking the progress of their learning to ensure they are getting the most out of their education and see if they need any extra help in any areas.

“South Australian schools have worked hard to ensure they are prepared to undertake NAPLAN online, particularly those that are administering the online assessment for the first time this year.

“We remain committed to transitioning our remaining schools to NAPLAN online, which will provide schools with the benefit of more precise information about individual student progress, along with results being available more quickly for teachers and families.”

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