Training for the marking of the NAPLAN 2015 Writing Test for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 has been successfully completed, and marking of the tests is now well underway.In 2015, students were again asked to complete a persuasive writing task. As in 2014, the genre for the Writing Test was not made known to students, teachers or markers prior to the test. In addition, for the first time since the introduction of NAPLAN in 2008, the writing topic for Years 3 and 5 was different to that for Years 7 and 9. This decision was taken to ensure continued engagement and fairness for all students.
The criteria used to mark the Writing Tests are the same for all year levels and were developed and agreed to at a national level.