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Check in here regularly for updates about 2024 NAPLAN test administration.

School staff can be notified of core NAPLAN information by subscribing to the NAPLAN QCAA memos for schools.

New process for NAPLAN access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA) for students with disability

17 January 2024

For the 2024 tests onwards, applications for adjustments for students with disability will be made through the new NAPLAN AARA application (app) within the QCAA Portal.

Principals and the principal’s delegate (NAPLAN) have had their QCAA Portal permissions refreshed to include the NAPLAN AARA app.

Memo 065/23 (PDF, 168.1 KB), ‘NAPLAN 2024 — access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA) for students with disability’, 27 October 2023, outlines further information about applications due in Term 4, 2023 and in Term 1, 2024.

Schools should commence consultation with parents/caregivers for students who may require an alternative format AARA. Further information about these disability adjustments can be found on the NAPLAN access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA) page.

The Record of adjustment for disability (school use only) form is now available in the NAPLAN Administration app (on the Forms and resources tab) and in the NAPLAN AARA app (on the Home page). This form is not submitted to the QCAA. It is a school record to be signed by the parent/carer and the principal after discussing appropriate adjustments for the student. The school retains the original completed form in the student’s file and provides a copy to the parent/carer.

2024 NAPLAN marker applications are now open

3 October 2023

Applications are invited from practising Queensland teachers, and non-practising or retired teachers, from all areas of Queensland to mark in the 2024 NAPLAN writing test marking operation.

The benefits of marking include:

  • gaining insight into how students respond to an ‘on demand’ writing task
  • developing and improving expertise and skills as an assessor
  • earning extra income for training and marking
  • accruing CPD points for Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) registration renewal
  • exposure to the marking operation quality assurance processes.

Marking starts on Tuesday 19 March 2024 and runs for approximately four weeks.

Applications close 10 November 2023.

More information, including the eligibility criteria and how to apply, is available in Marker information.

Principal requirements

Principals are required to authorise shortlisted markers before an offer can be made. To complete this authorisation, a principal must be ‘confirmed’ in the QCAA Portal. Visit QCAA Portal for NAPLAN for more information on QCAA Portal roles.

NAPLAN update — July

5 July 2023

ACARA resources on changes to NAPLAN reporting

In preparation for reports being released in Term 3, ACARA have released further information on this year’s changes to NAPLAN reporting of student results.

Visit NAPLAN test reporting and analysis for links to these resources.

2024 Handbooks hard copy order form

The 2024 handbook for principals and NAPLAN coordinators and the 2024 test administration handbook for teachers will be released digitally at the end of the year. Schools also have the option to order printed copies of these handbooks. Schools are expected to receive their orders in early Term 1, 2024.

For further information and to make an order, visit NAPLAN test administration.

2024 NAPLAN dates

2 June 2023

The 2024 NAPLAN test window is Wednesday 13 March – Monday 25 March.

In planning for the scheduling of NAPLAN tests for 2024, schools should be aware of the following:

  • All year levels must commence the writing test as the first test on Wednesday 13 March.
  • Tests must be scheduled in the following order for all year levels: Writing > Reading > Conventions of language > Numeracy.
  • Catch-ups for Year 3 writing must be completed by Monday 18 March.
  • Catch-ups for all other test domains and year levels may be conducted until the closure of the test window.
  • Practice tests can be scheduled in Term 1, 2024 in the Training environment.

ACARA will release further information on test scheduling later in the year.

New proficiency standards for NAPLAN

28 February 2023

On 10 February 2023 Education ministers agreed to change the way NAPLAN results are reported to parents and carers. The 10-band structure previously used in Individual Student Reports will be replaced with new proficiency standards, which will report on 4 levels of achievement.

You can read the ACARA’s official media release and see the NAPLAN proficiency standards FAQs on the National Assessment Program website .

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