NAPLAN assessments include a range of features to enhance the test experience for students with and without disability, as outlined at Understanding online assessment. Disability adjustments are provided to students with disability to enable equivalent learner experience during NAPLAN testing and to encourage maximum participation. While most students complete NAPLAN online, braille, electronic and special print paper-based tests will continue to be available where required. All screen elements will meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 level AA.
As every student with disability has individual needs, experiences and functional abilities, no typical or uniform testing experience applies to all students with disability. A student’s requirements need to be established prior to NAPLAN testing and, ideally, documented as part of the student’s personalised learning plan. Read the Guide for schools to assist students with disability to access NAPLAN (PDF 167 KB) for more information.
Teachers and schools, in consultation with students and their parents/carers, are in the best position to determine the needs of individual students. For NAPLAN, some adjustments and assistive technologies must be approved by the local test administration authority. See the NAPLAN national protocols for test administration.
See the types of adjustments available at Adjustments for students with disability.
ACARA has developed example Disability adjustments scenarios demonstrating the application of adjustments permitted in the NAPLAN tests. These resources support schools in their assessment of students requiring adjustments to participate in the NAPLAN tests.
ACARA interviewed students with disability, their parents/carers and teachers about accessibility and adjustments available in NAPLAN tests.