Results and reports
NAP sample assessments are reported in national reports and technical reports. There are 2 important elements to how these results are reported: the proficiency scale and the proficient standards.
The national report provides an overview of student performance against the relevant proficiency levels. The report includes an analysis of various findings across states and territories and student sub-groups, for example: the relative achievements of male/female students; metropolitan students/rural students and Indigenous/non-Indigenous students.
A technical report is also released, which provides detailed information about the statistical and measurement methods and procedures used. This enables valid interpretations and transparent evaluations of the reported outcomes.
Individual student reports are not provided for NAP sample assessments. Participating schools receive a basic report about the performance of their students.
NAP sample assessments are not pass/fail tests.
NAP sample proficiency scales and proficient standards
One of the main objectives of the National Assessment Program is to monitor trends in performance over time. In order to do this, proficiency scales have been developed for each of the sample assessment domains. The same score on the scale represents the same level of achievement over time. However, the proficiency scales are not comparable between domains. Each scale defines between 5 and 7 proficiency levels.
More information on the proficiency scales for each of the sample assessment domains is available in the NAP sample assessment public reports.
Achievement in the NAP sample assessments is measured against nationally agreed proficiency scales, each of which has a number of defined levels.
For each of the 3 sample assessments, a proficient standard is also set for each year level. See the proficiency level descriptions and proficient standards for science literacy, ICT literacy and civics and citizenship.
NAP sample assessments national reports
NAP sample public reports provide a national comparison of student performance against the relevant framework. A technical report is also released, which provides detailed information about the conduct of the NAP sample subject so that valid interpretations of the relevant results can be made, and future NAP sample assessment cycles can be undertaken, and linked with, appropriate information from past NAP sample assessments.
See the NAP sample assessment reports: