News  » NAPLAN: Advice for Parents 2017 (and for the 2020 HSC)

Last updated 4:53 PM on 26 April 2017

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008. This year, NAPLAN has added significance for Year 9 students who will do their Higher School Certificate in 2020.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

This year the dates are 9-11th May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains') of:

  • reading
  • writing
  • language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • numeracy.

 

The best way to get your child ready for NAPLAN is to continue to develop literacy and numeracy skills, especially by reading regularly each evening at home.

Higher School Certificate 2020

From 2020 students in NSW must reach the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC. There will be multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the standard between Year 9 (NAPLAN) and when they complete their HSC. Students will have the first opportunity to prove they meet the standard by achieving Band 8 results or above in Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing and numeracy tests.

Students who achieve Band 8 will not need to sit the online tests later in years 10, 11 and 12. No student will be ineligible to sit for the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN results.

Students can demonstrate they meet the standard by passing the online reading, writing and numeracy tests, which will be available for students to sit in:

  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 12
  • for up to five years after beginning their first HSC courses.

Students can access a demonstration test at https://hscliteracynumeracy.nesa.nsw.edu.au/

to find out the level of skills required for these tests.

Information for parents

 

Information for students