ICT literacy

The NAP sample assessment for information and communication technology literacy (ICT literacy) commenced in 2005. Samples of Year 6 and Year 10 students participate in this assessment.

Students undertaking the NAP — ICT literacy assessments are tested on their ability to appropriately access, manage, integrate and evaluate information, develop new understandings and communicate with others in order to participate effectively in society.

General ICT skills and knowledge are assessed rather than the more technical skills and knowledge developed through specialist ICT courses. The assessment maintains a ‘futures perspective’ to ensure that the knowledge and skills assessed keep up with technological advances in ICT, and with the delivery of ICT changes in schools.

The fourth cycle of the National Assessment Program - ICT literacy (NAP-ICTL) sample assessment was held between 13 October and 14 November 2014. Approximately 11,000 students in Year 6 and Year 10 from 649 government and non-government schools participated in the online assessment from all states and territories including metropolitan, regional and remote areas.

NAP-ICTL was delivered in schools via online modules comprising purpose-built software applications carefully designed to reflect 'real world' ICT contexts that are familiar to students, The value of students becoming ICT-literate, global citizens who are creative and productive users of ICT forms the basis of the NAP-ICTL assessment domain and the development process. 

A range of preparatory activities were conducted to ensure that schools were ready and that the assessment ran smoothly on test day. Participating schools carried out the online Technical Readiness Test (TRT) on all assessment-designated computers and an IT helpdesk was available to respond to any technical issues as they arose on test day. In a few schools with limited internet connectivity, the same test was administered via USB devices, giving all participating students the same test experience.

At the end of the 2014 school year, all participating schools received information summarising their students’ performance on the test. 

The 2014 National Assessment Program-– ICT Literacy Years 6 & 10 Report is now available and provides nationally comparable state and territory performance data and overall trends for Year 6 and Year 10 students. The report also provides an analysis of the achievement of various sub-groups of students, including the relative achievement of boys and girls, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and students from different geographic locations and language backgrounds. In addition, the results of the student questionnaire included in the report provide an insight into students’ access to and familiarity with computers, and their interest in using computers.