New NAPLAN Certificates of Achievement
NAPLAN Certificates of Achievement are being introduced for Year 9 students in 2021.
The certificates recognise Victoria’s Year 9 students who achieve a result in Reading and/or Numeracy that places them in the very top band of NAPLAN, as well as those students who significantly improve on their Year 7 results.
The certificates will be awarded for two categories of achievement:
- Category one: the achievement of excellence through getting a result in the top band for reading or numeracy, or both.
- Category two: the achievement of outstanding learning growth through improvement by two or more bands between the NAPLAN Year 7 and Year 9 tests for reading or numeracy, or both.
The new certificates celebrate those who achieve the highest level and those who excel by making exceptional progress, irrespective of where they start.
The Certificates of Achievement will be jointly signed by the Minister for Education and VCAA CEO and their introduction aims to motivate students to bring their best efforts to the NAPLAN assessments.
NAPLAN 2021 will be held in mid-May
NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress across Australia in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs used in schools. As with all single assessments, NAPLAN test results are not intended to be used in isolation from other school-based assessment programs.
The VCAA is the NAPLAN Test Administration Authority (TAA) for all Victorian school sectors and acts on behalf of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in ensuring the successful delivery of the tests across the state. As the Victorian TAA, the VCAA is responsible for ensuring that NAPLAN tests are produced and delivered on schedule annually to all eligible Victorian Year 3/5/7/9 students, and for also ensuring that schools are fully aware of, and deliver the tests in accordance with, the
National Protocols for Test Administration.
The VCAA also has a role in reviewing NAPLAN test content as part ACARA’s test development process. VCAA utilises its own curriculum and assessment expertise as well as experts from DET, Catholic and Independent sectors when reviewing proposed test questions.
The VCAA manages the printing, delivery, return, scanning and marking of the tests in Victoria, and the reporting of NAPLAN results to parents and schools. The VCAA ensures that Victorian schools are supported and kept up-to-date with NAPLAN related matters through its NAPLAN Helpdesk and communications such as School Notices, VCAA Bulletins and direct emails to schools.
Since 2018, schools in Victoria have been transitioning from NAPLAN paper tests to NAPLAN Online. It is anticipated that from 2022, all schools will be completing NAPLAN Online.
For detailed information regarding NAPLAN Online (including test design and technical requirements), please visit the
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