The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Moving towards NAPLAN Online 2019

By 2019, all Scotch College students will be sitting NAPLAN online, this is part of the nationwide directive to have all students sitting the online version of NAPLAN by 2020.

The only exception will be in the case of our Year 3 boys who shall still sit the writing assessment in the traditional manner.

In Western Australia 43,326 students from 274 schools completed NAPLAN online in 2018.

NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.


In order to prepare Scotch College to deliver NAPLAN online, we are in the process of completing the school readiness tests in order to prepare staff and students for the transition. This trial will enable us to assess our technical readiness to implement the new online assessments. In addition, it will give us a chance to try out the new national online assessment platform in a real-life classroom environment.

Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we are technically ready to deliver NAPLAN online. During the trial, our teachers will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.

The readiness test has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessments. As such, reports will not be provided.

Participation in the SRT is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience in 2019.

Our technology integration team is working with the Deans of Teaching and Learning in each sub-school to ensure that NAPLAN remains an assessment of each individual boys' knowledge of the Australian Curriculum rather than his capacity to use a device. As such we are working with all relevant boys to familiarise them with the new interface that they shall experience with NAPLAN online. Parents can see this and engage their sons at home by clicking here.

As always, our frequently asked questions page on the Teaching and Learning website offers more information and this can be found here.

Mr Peter Allen
Director of Teaching and Learning