NAP sample assessments – participation


Do all students participate in NAP sample assessments?

No. Only small sample groups of students in Years 6 and 10 participate in these sample assessments, which are held on a rolling three-yearly basis.


What additional support can schools provide for students with additional needs who have been selected to undertake the NAP sample assessments?

To maximise participation in the NAP sample assessments, special provisions and adjustments are made available to students with additional needs who have been selected to participate so that their ability to access the test is not restricted.  

Adjustments can be made to assist students with a disability. Under certain conditions, adjustments may also be made to assist students with poor English proficiency. Typically, this will apply to students with a language background other than English who have been in Australia for a limited time.

Schools will be provided with timely advice of what special provisions or adjustments may be made for individual students participating in the test.  Guidelines state that schools must cater for students requiring reasonable and appropriate special provisions.


What happens if my child is absent from school on test days?

If a student is not present the day of the sample assessment they should be marked absent.



How can schools that aren’t selected for the sample assessments find out how their students are doing in these areas?

School release materials  are made available following each sample assessment. The information and assessment materials in these documents have been designed to assist teachers to administer their own assessment and gauge their own students’ proficiency in the relevant subject (ie science literacy, ICT literacy and civics and citizenship).