Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that NAPLAN will move online over a two-to-three year period. This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments.
The transition to NAPLAN online will commence from 2018.
NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. The assessments can run through a real-time internet connection or onscreen without an internet connection.
NAPLAN Online features ‘tailored testing’ which gives students questions that are more suited to their ability – resulting in better assessment and more precise results.
Significant planning, development, research and trialling has been carried out to make sure we are all ready to move NAPLAN online.
The online national assessment platform is being built by Education Services Australia with funds from the Australian Government. The platform has been used to trial online assessment in 2016 and to deliver the National Assessment Program (NAP): civics and citizenship in 2016.
State/territory education authorities make decisions about the logistics and timing to move NAPLAN online for their state/territory. These groups also lead implementation of NAPLAN Online in their state/territory.