There are significant changes to this year’s NAPLAN assessments and reporting with results for students recently released. These are national changes introduced by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).


NAPLAN will continue to measure student achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar and punctuation however the results will now be presented in 4 proficiency levels:


These are: 

  • exceeding
  • strong
  • developing
  • needs additional support. 

This change will give schools, parents and carers clearer information that details student achievement against new proficiency levels. 


Students’ NAPLAN reports will continue to show how they are tracking against their peers and provide an indication of their skill levels against national averages and where we would expect them to be in order to get the most out of schooling. This provides valuable information to schools about how they can continue to support students.


Each set of NAPLAN results is an important milestone but it’s also important that students know that one result does not define them – these results are about making sure every student gets the support they need so they can continue to get the best from their learning. 




Trevor Smith