firstname.lastname@example.org. Schools are encouraged to contact the Helpdesk if they require assistance with any aspect of NAPLAN.
- NAPLAN is a national assessment and all students are expected to participate
- NAPLAN should be accessible to all students to demonstrate their actual skills and knowledge.
Detailed information regarding allowable disability adjustments and student eligibility is provided in Part A of the NAPLAN 2016 Handbook for Principals. Principals should ensure that parents of students who require disability adjustments are informed about, and have agreed to, the nature of the adjustments provided.
Principals are also reminded that final decisions regarding student exemption or withdrawal from the NAPLAN rest with parents and carers. Under no circumstances should a student be exempted or withdrawn from the NAPLAN without parental consent and signed approval.
Fully signed Records of Exemption and Student Withdrawal forms, and records of parental consent for disability adjustments, must be kept at the school for at least 12 months and made available to the VCAA upon request.
Students who are absent on all test days should not, however, be expected to complete all of the tests on Friday 13 May 2016 and should be marked as absent for the tests they were unable to complete.
NAPLAN Administration website was updated with student enrolment information, and released to schools to complete the following tasks:
- produce personalised exemption and withdrawal forms
- request the use of a scribe and/or assistive technology
- add details of new students
- print student attendance forms.
Please note that all principals are required to confirm that student attendance, exemption, withdrawal, withheld results and disability adjustment details have been accurately recorded on the website by Thursday 19 May 2016. Please note that the prompt completion of this confirmation process is essential for ensuring NAPLAN results are processed as quickly as possible.
An Online Attendance Guide with detailed instructions for NAPLAN coordinators can be accessed via the ‘Help’ function on the website.
Test packages will include test books for all NAPLAN tests, Reading magazines, Writing stimulus materials and Test Administration Handbooks. The package will also include information pamphlets (which should be distributed to parents prior to the commencement of the NAPLAN tests), a Test Materials Security log and a packing slip.
Secure test materials will be packed separately in tamper-evident bags within the test package and schools should document the receipt, tracking, storage, distribution and collection of the test materials in the Test Materials Security log. The packing slip should be used to check that the correct quantity of materials has been provided. If insufficient quantities of materials are delivered, the principal or NAPLAN coordinator should immediately request extra NAPLAN test material via the NAPLAN Administration website. Please submit requests for extra NAPLAN test materials to the VCAA by Wednesday 4 May 2016.
Schools may retain any unused test books that do not have pre-printed student details on the front cover. All used and unused test books with student details printed on the front cover must be returned to the VCAA.
The genre for the NAPLAN 2016 Writing test will be either narrative or persuasive genre, and it will be the same genre for all year levels. The genre for the Writing test will not be disclosed prior to the test period and students will not be able to choose the genre in which they write their response.
The NAP website includes further details about the Writing test and relevant FAQs.
NAPLAN test observers visit schools on one or more days during the testing period to observe the conduct of the tests, and to provide advice and assistance to schools to ensure compliance with all test administration requirements. NAPLAN test observers do not participate in the administration of the tests and later complete a written report for the VCAA.
Feedback from principals and NAPLAN test observers in the past has been very positive and the VCAA thanks schools in advance for their cooperation in this activity."