ICT literacy

The National Assessment Program – Information and Communication Technology Literacy (NAP–ICTL) commenced in 2005. Samples of Year 6 and Year 10 students participate in this assessment.

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 NAP–ICTL assessment is 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–ICTL assessment domain and the development process.

The sixth cycle of NAP–ICTL was originally to have been held in 2020, with the field trial scheduled for June and the main study scheduled for October/November.

However, ministers decided that the 2020 scheduled NAP–ICTL sample assessment would be postponed by 12 months to 2021, to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, as they respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NAP sample assessment cycle will continue from 2021, resulting in a one-off four-year gap (as opposed to the normal three-year gap) in the time series for each of the sample assessments. See the Education Council communique.

Students undertaking the NAP–ICTL assessment in 2021 will be tested on their ability to use ICT appropriately and safely to access, manage and evaluate information; develop new understandings; apply computational, design and systems thinking to create solutions; communicate and collaborate with others; and engage productively with emerging and future technologies.

The fifth cycle of the NAP–ICTL 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.

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

The 2017 NAP–ICTL 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 provided 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–ICTL 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–ICTL report on the National reports page of this website.