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 fifth cycle of the National Assessment Program — ICT Literacy (NAP-ICTL) sample assessment was held between 16 October and 3 November 2017. Approximately 11,000 students in Year 6 and Year 10 from over 600 government and non-government schools from all states and territories including metropolitan, regional and remote areas participated in the online assessment.

The NAP — ICT Literacy assessment was delivered in schools via 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 — ICT Literacy assessment domain and the development process.

At the end of the 2017 school year, all participating schools received information summarising their students’ performance on the test. 

The 2017 NAP — ICT Literacy public report provides nationally comparable state and territory de-identified 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 will provide an insight into students’ access to and familiarity with computers, and their interest in using computers.

Read ACARA's media release about the release of the 2017 NAP ICT Literacy public report, which found that results were stable compared to the last round of assessments in 2014, and that female students were outperforming male students.

You can find the 2017 NAP ICT Literacy public report on the National reports page of this website.