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Territory students set for NAPLAN tests

Territory students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will next week undertake the 2017 round of testing as part of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

NAPLAN is an annual assessment for students right across Australia that is used to track student progress and compare performance against national peers in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

Education Minister Eva Lawler said NAPLAN provided a snapshot of student achievement in comparison to all students of the same year level across the country.

“NAPLAN is one of the many tools schools use to identify areas of student strengths and areas for improvement so they can better target teaching and learning programs,” Ms Lawler said.

“This Labor Government’s additional $124 million investment in education over four years is important to meeting the needs of students across the Territory, it provides more funding for teachers, specialists and resources to meet the learning needs of students.”

“For the Territory, NAPLAN is a useful temperature check on how we are performing compared to the other states and territory, and to look at the growth being achieved by student cohorts over time.”

Ms Lawler encouraged families to support their children by treating NAPLAN test days just like any other school day.

“NAPLAN isn’t high-stakes testing; it’s about identifying a child’s strengths and areas for development as early as possible.”

Results of the tests for the National Assessment Program are reported a number of different ways; these include public reports, individual student reports, and reporting on the My School website.

For more information on NAPLAN including the 2017 schedule, visit  or


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