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Prep to Year 10: Information for parents and families

What students learn in Prep-Year 10

The Prep–Year 10 Australian Curriculum is the basis of teaching and learning in most Queensland schools.

The curriculum for each learning area specifies what should be taught and assessed. These learning areas are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages
  • Technologies.

How students are assessed in Prep-Year 10

Assessment plays an integral role in improving student learning and informing teaching.

Teachers of Prep-Year 10 students develop assessment programs that give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of contexts.

Academic integrity

The QCAA’s Years 7–9 academic integrity toolkit provides teachers with age-appropriate teaching and learning resources and information they need to promote academic integrity.


The National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. The tests are used by governments, education authorities and schools to determine whether young Australians are meeting important goals in literacy and numeracy.

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to sit the NAPLAN tests, which are held in May each year.

NAPLAN gives a snapshot of how children are performing in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar and numeracy. It complements other effective classroom assessment and reporting practices.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) develops the tests and marking standards. The QCAA coordinates the administration, marking, and reporting of NAPLAN tests in Queensland.


NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak to the teacher.

The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day.

All students are encouraged to participate in NAPLAN tests. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments which reflect the support normally provided in the classroom. Students who have a temporary injury may also be reasonably accommodated.

A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions. Similarly a formal exemption may be granted for a student who has recently arrived in Australia and is from a non–English speaking background.

Your school principal can provide you with more information on special provisions or the process for a formal exemption.

Wherever possible, schools will organise for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during testing week

A NAPLAN report will be issued by your school later in the year. The same report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent home. If you do not receive a report, you should contact the school. Individual student results are strictly confidential.

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