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NAPLAN information for schools and principals

NAPLAN information for schools and principals, The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)  happens every year for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests skills in writing, reading, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy.

The NAPLAN tests are administered in schools across Australia in March. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) coordinates NAPLAN testing.

The relevant state test administration authority (TAA) administers the tests. The Department for Education is the TAA for all schools in South Australia.

NAPLAN information for schools and principals

For more information visit NAPLAN information on the ACARA website

NAPLAN information for parents, carers and the community

Parents, carers and members of the community looking for NAPLAN information can visit NAPLAN information for parents, carers and the community.

Forms and supporting materials

Forms, handbooks, checklists and other supporting materials are available on your intranet.

South Australian public schools can access preparing for NAPLAN – checklists and forms (staff login required)  on the department’s intranet.

Public demonstration site

Teachers can use the public demonstration site  to help students become familiar with the format of NAPLAN Online.

The NAPLAN Online assessment platform uses a locked down browser (LDB) to ensure security during testing. Schools should use student devices with the LDB installed to access the demonstration tests and familiarise students with the format of online testing.

The public demonstration site provides examples of alternative test items that will be used in NAPLAN Online for students with disability.

Apply to be a NAPLAN Marker for the writing task

Complete the NAPLAN Marker application form  to apply to be a Marker in 2023.

Marking is expected to start at the end of March 2023 and will run for up to 4 weeks.

Download, print and display the NAPLAN marking team promotional poster (PDF 1083KB) at your school to encourage teachers to apply.

Benefits of being a NAPLAN Marker


  • gain an in-depth understanding of the NAPLAN writing task and marking rubric, and the processes and stages of writing development
  • receive comprehensive training
  • are paid for their marking.

Training and marking hours can also be accrued as professional development hours. Marking is done remotely, with day and after school arrangements available.

More information about applying to be a NAPLAN marker

For more information you can:

South Australian NAPLAN sector contacts

Department for Education

Test Administration Authority (TAA)
Phone: 1800 316 777

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)

Jarrod Carter
Senior Education Adviser Curriculum, Learning and Wellbeing
Phone: 8301 6191

More information for Catholic schools can be found on the CESA website .

Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

Phone: 8179 1400

More information for independent schools can be found on the AISSA website .