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NAPLAN Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA)

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 provide a framework to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students and outline the obligations of school education providers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. (Visit the National protocols for test administration for more information).

NAPLAN access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA) are available for students with disability (or chronic medical condition), to enable them to access NAPLAN tests on an equivalent basis to students without disability

NAPLAN AARA should be considered on a case-by-case basis following consultation with school staff, students, specialist personnel and parents/carers, as early as possible

Not all students with disability or medical conditions will require adjustments to access NAPLAN tests. Some disability adjustments require approval by the QCAA to ensure alignment with the test protocols, or to ensure adequate time for the preparation and delivery of alternative format materials.

As outlined in Section 6 of the National protocols for test administration:

  • Disability adjustments are intended to be applied only to students with disability.
  • Disability adjustments should reflect the kind of support and assistance provided for assessment in the classroom.
  • Disability adjustments that are appropriate in a learning environment may not be appropriate in an assessment environment.
  • Disability adjustments are not appropriate if they compromise the tests’ ability to assess underlying core skills that are the object of the assessments.
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