We will improve the learning of all young Australians

Understanding NAPLAN online video

10 August 2016

NAPLAN will move online from 2017 over a two–three year period. 

Moving NAPLAN online will bring new opportunities for students and teacher, which are not possible with paper-based tests, including better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.

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NAPLAN results: significant gains over time, plateaus for 2016

03 August 2016

Today ACARA has released the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2016 summary information.

The data released demonstrate that, compared with 2008 (the first year of NAPLAN), there have been gains in all content areas (except for writing), but not for all year groups.

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We have moved

18 July 2016


Effective 18 July, ACARA's Sydney office has moved to:

Level 13, Tower B, Centennial Plaza
280 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000

Refreshed ACARA website coming soon

23 June 2016

Soon we will be transferring the ACARA website to a new platform, with an updated look and feel to the website.

All current content will be migrated over to the new website, so you shouldn’t notice any difference other than an improved look and feel.

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Publication of NAPLAN test papers for 2008–2011

02 June 2016

As a part of our response to Freedom of Information requests received by ACARA, we have published past NAPLAN papers up to 2011 in the 'Freedom of Information' section of the ACARA website.

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NAPLAN 2016: embargo period 10–12 May

04 May 2016

NAPLAN is held from 10 to 12 May.

NAPLAN is a vital tool for parents, educators and the public to see if Australia’s children are meeting essential literacy and numeracy standards.

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ACARA - Assessment


We run the National Assessment Program – the national tests students sit in school – including NAPLAN.

We undertake a range of research activities to deliver NAPLAN tests in an online environment in the future.

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