Denman Public School pupils complete NAPLAN tasks

Amelia Sellars

Amelia Sellars

STUDENTS in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, across Australia, started the annual NAPLAN assessment on Tuesday morning.

And, pupils at Denman Public School are completing the tasks in literacy and numeracy online for the first time this year. 

Federal, state and territory education ministers have agreed that NAPLAN will move online over a two-three year period. 

This means changing NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. 

Denman Public School was identified as being ready to transition to NAPLAN online in December last year with about 500 other schools in NSW from government, catholic and independent sectors.  

NAPLAN Online is predicted to provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. 

The assessments can run through a real-time internet connection or onscreen without an internet connection. 

NAPLAN Online features “tailored testing”, which gives students questions that are more suited to their ability – resulting in better assessment and more precise results.

Lucas Stair

Lucas Stair

Denman Public School assistant principal Nicholas Garner was very happy with the way pupils engaged with the new format and their positive approach to the annual assessment platform. 

“It is great to see Denman Public School selected in the first group of schools to complete NAPLAN online in 2018,” he said.

“We are always looking for opportunities to support and engage our students in their learning.

“As the test window for NAPLAN Online is nine days, all assessments will be completed by next Monday.”