Dear Parents & Caregivers,

In May 2019 the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be completed by students in Years 7 and 9.

The results of the tests will provide important information to schools about what each student can do and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement. Each student’s level of achievement will be reported against the national minimum standard.

This year Marian Catholic College will be participating in NAPLAN Online. All NAPLAN tests for Years 7 and 9 will be completed online. The NAPLAN testing period is between Tuesday 14 May to Friday 24 May. The timetable is as follows:

Tuesday 14 May – Writing Test

Wednesday 15 May – Reading

Thursday 16 May – Language Conventions

Friday 17 May – Numeracy

Monday 20 May – Friday 24 May – Catch up tests

Equipment required:

  • Student iPad – please ensure that this is fully charged.
  • A set of working headphones
  • Ensure that the NAPLAN software is installed on student device prior to the test date (all students should have installed this software for the Practice Test completed in March 2019)

If you believe that your child does not have the software installed, please visit the IT department before the day of the test.

If you or your child would like to familiarise yourselves with the look and feel of the NAPLAN online test a public demonstration site with sample questions is available.

Students may be considered for exemption from the tests if they:

  • are newly arrived in Australia (less than one year before the test) and with a language background other than English, or
  • have significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions which severely limit their capacity to participate in the tests.

All other students are expected to participate in the tests. Disability adjustments which reflect the student’s normal level of support in the classroom may be provided.

Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents in consultation with the school principal. If you wish to withdraw your child from the tests, a parent or carer consent form must be signed.

Please make an appointment with the principal if you would like to discuss your child’s participation in NAPLAN.

More information for parents can be found on the attached Fact Sheet and through the CEDP website:


Mrs Dianne Lowery
Leader of Learning – Curriculum