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NAPLAN disability adjustments

2023 NAPLAN reports

The 2023 NAPLAN schools reports have been released to schools. For information on how schools can access these reports and the release of individual student reports, view memo 041/23 (PDF, 208.0 KB).

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. (Refer to National protocols for test administration).

Adjustments 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.

Adjustments for students with disability for NAPLAN 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 NAPLAN handbook for principals and coordinators  2023 (PDF, 1.6 MB):

  • 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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