Adjustments for Students with Disability
Adjustments are provided to students with disability to support access to the tests and encourage maximum participation. These adjustments are detailed in the National Protocols for Test Administration.
The following items are important to remember when considering the application of adjustments in the NAPLAN tests:
- Adjustments should generally reflect the kind of support and assistance provided in the classroom for assessment activities in order for students to demonstrate what they know and can do.
- Adjustments should allow students with various disabilities to access the tests. A student may have access to more than one adjustment in any one test, and adjustments may be different for different tests for a given student.
- When providing adjustments, the integrity of the NAPLAN tests should be maintained. For example, reading the stimulus material and/or questions to a student during the Reading test is not appropriate or permitted, even if this is what the student has in their normal classroom.
ACARA has developed example adjustment scenarios demonstrating the application of adjustments permitted in NAPLAN tests. These scenarios were developed to support schools in their assessment of students requiring adjustments to participate in NAPLAN tests. They can be found in the Disability Adjustment Scenarios section.
Some adjustments must be approved by the relevant Test Administration Authority. For further information, please contact your Test Administration Authority.