NAP sample assessments

NAP sample icon colourThe NAP sample assessments test students’ skills and understanding in  science literacy,  civics and citizenship and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy. Only selected groups of students in Years 6 and 10 participate in these sample assessments (Year 6 only for science literacy), which are held on a rolling three-yearly basis. NAP sample assessments began in 2003 with science literacy (NAP – SL), followed by civics and citizenship (NAP CC) in 2004 and information and communication technology literacy (NAP – ICTL) in 2005.

Primary and secondary schools participating in the NAP sample assessments benefit in a number of ways. Their students have the opportunity to engage with state-of-the-art assessment materials delivered online and become familiar with test-taking in the online environment. This is an excellent learning opportunity for students.


New: The 2014 National Assessment Program — information and communication technology literacy report has now been released. The findings from the 2014 ICT Literacy sample assessment presented in this report provide valuable information on the information and communication technology achievement levels of Year 6 and Year 10 students in Australia. Significantly, this was the first time NAP- ICT Literacy was trialled and delivered to students in the online environment.

The report provides national, state and territory results. 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.

The report shows a significant decline in the mean performance of Year 6 students in 2014, compared to the last assessment in 2011. Similarly, the mean performance of Year 10 students was significantly lower than the mean performance in all previous NAP – ICT literacy assessments (2005, 2008 and 2011). The report also shows there has been a reduction in the percentage of students in each year level meeting the NAP – ICT literacy proficient standards. More information is available in ACARA's media release.


International assessments

The National Assessment Program (NAP) also includes the delivery of international sample assessments which are overseen by international organisations. For more information on how these assessments are managed in Australia on behalf of the Education Council, please click on the links below:

  • The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This is administered to samples of 15-year-old school students.
  • The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) which is conducted every four years by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). This tests a sample of students in Years 4 and 8 from each participating country.
  • The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is conducted every five years by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). This test is administered to a sample of students in their fourth year of schooling from each participating country. Australia was involved for the first time in the study in 2011.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the overall management of the National Assessment Program, including the NAP sample assessments, however ACARA does not oversee the delivery of these international  assessments (ie PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS).