NAP news, December 2021

NAPLAN 2021 National Report and Test Incidents Report released

15 December 2021

Today we have released the 2021 NAPLAN National Report, which confirms the initial findings of the preliminary summary information we published in August 2021. 

This report provides further information to the preliminary release: comparisons of performance by gender, Indigenous status, language background other than English, parental occupation, parental education, and school location.

The report reaffirmed the preliminary findings that the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to schooling had no statistically significant impact on students’ literacy and numeracy achievement in NAPLAN at the national or state/territory level. There were, however, some significant differences apparent when assessing long-term trends in the gaps between different demographic groups.

“The NAPLAN results for 2021 indicate that when compared with 2019 – the last NAPLAN taken pre-COVID – achievement in numeracy, reading and writing remained largely stable at a national level for all students,” said ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho.

The 2021 NAPLAN Test Incidents Report has also been released today. Test incidents can include cheating, security breaches and other ‘general breaches’.

Of the 65 test incidents substantiated in 2021, 1 was cheating, 21 were a security breach and 43 were a ‘general breach’. For comparison, there were 88 test incidents in 2019.

The number of reported test incidents is extremely small and does not affect overall NAPLAN results.