The report of the national analysis of NAPLAN results is released to the public in two stages.
The first stage summary (preliminary) information is released in August prior to the distribution of reports to parents. This report shows preliminary results at each year level and domain by state and territory and nationally.
The second stage is the full national report that includes final results by gender, Indigenous status, language background other than English status, parental occupation, parental education, and location (metropolitan, provincial, remote and very remote) at each year level and for each domain of the test.
What's new for the 2013 NAPLAN national report?
From 2013, the calculation and depiction in NAPLAN reports of performance differences between groups will include an additional measure called 'effect size'. Effect size measures complement statistical tests (which examine whether the difference is statistically probable) and focus on the magnitude of any difference. The inclusion of an effect size measure provides better alignment with commonly accepted data reporting practices.
NAPLAN writing results
Since 2011, the NAPLAN writing test has been a persuasive writing task. From 2008 to 2010, the NAPLAN writing test was a narrative writing task.
Because there is a difference in the way the narrative and persuasive tasks function across year levels, an additional NAPLAN scale specifically for persuasive writing has been developed. As this is a different scale, persuasive writing scores should not be compared with narrative writing scores from previous years.
NAP sample assessments
After the sample assessments have taken place a public report is released providing a national comparison of student performance against the relevant framework. A technical report is also released, which aims to provide detailed information about the conduct of the NAP sample subject so that valid interpretations of the relevant results can be made, and future NAP sample assessment cycles can be undertaken and linked with appropriate information from past NAP sample assessments.
The NAP sample assessment reports are available here: