NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS

NAPLAN 

Students in Years Three, Five, Seven and Nine across Australia sit common tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The results from this assessment provide an important measure of how all Australian students are performing in literacy and numeracy against national achievement bands.

For further information on the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), visit the NT Department of Education website »

Information and communication technology literacy

The Information and Communication Technology Literacy (ICT) assessment measures and reports on the ability of students to use ICT appropriately to access, manage, integrate and evaluate information, develop new understandings and communicate with others in order to participate effectively in society. A sample of students in Years 6 and 10 in selected schools in all states and territories participate. Go to the National Assessment Program website for more information, national reports and school release materials.

Science literacy

This national assessment involves a sample of Year 6 students participating in an assessment of scientific literacy. Science literacy measures and reports on the student’s capacity to use scientific knowledge and approaches. The test is a 60-minute pencil and paper section and a 45-minute practical task. Go to the National Assessment Program website for more information, national reports and school release materials.

Civics and citizenship

A sample of students in Years 6 and 10 in selected schools in all states and territories participate in this assessment. Civics and Citizenship measures and reports on civic knowledge and understanding and the skills and values needed for active citizenship. The assessment is a 60-minute pencil and paper test with multiple-choice, short-response and extended-response items. Go to the National Assessment Program website for more information, national reports and school release materials.

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) involves a sample of 15 year-old students participating in an international assessment of Reading, Mathematical and Scientific Literacy. Participation in PISA provides an indicator on how Australia compares with other countries. Go to the ACER website for more information.

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is conducted every five years to measure progress in the reading achievement of students in their fourth year of schooling, as well as trends in the associated home and school contexts for learning to read. Go to the ACER website for more information.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of Mathematics and Science for students in Year Four and Year Eight. TIMSS was first conducted in 1995 and is held in four-year cycles. Australia has participated in all cycles to date. More than 60 countries from all over the world took part in the most recent cycle, TIMSS 2015. TIMSS is a project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. ACER is responsible for undertaking the data collection in Australian schools. Go to the ACER website for more information.

International Computer and Information Literacy Study 

The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) will examine the outcomes of student computer and information literacy (CIL) education across countries. This was initially conducted in 2013 and a sample of Year 8 students will participate every 7 years. Go to the ACER website for more information.