Assessment Programs

Kindergarten Development Check (KDC)

The Kindergarten Development Check (KDC) is designed to assist teachers in the early identification of any Kindergarten student who is at risk of not achieving expected developmental outcomes and may require a specific intervention program and/or support from specific support personnel.
For further information on this program please contact your school or phone Educational Performance and Review (EPR) on 6165 5706.

Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS)

The PIPS On-Entry Baseline Assessment is administered by the University of Western Australia and offered to schools and systems in Australia. This assessment of literacy and numeracy can assist with assessing progress of students entering primary school.

The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) Flyer (PDF, 136KB) provides an outline of the program.

Further information is available from The University of Western Australia PIPS webpage.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

What is NAPLAN?

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is an everyday part of the school calendar and has been since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy.

NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum.

Further information is available from the National Assessment Program website.

The My School website provides further information with which schools and their communities can monitor their effectiveness.

What’s changing in Tasmania in 2019?

NAPLAN is moving Online. In Tasmania the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests for all Tasmanian Schools (State, Independent, Catholic) will be changing from paper-based to Online assessments from 2019. This will bring new benefits and opportunities for students and teachers, including:

  • more precise results and individualised assessment. The questions a student receives during the test will depend upon the answers he or she has given to previous questions (see video below)
  • faster turnaround of results: Online testing reduces the time it takes to provide feedback to schools, students and parents
  • more engaging:ACARA research into Online assessment has shown that students have engaged well with electronic tests
  • more useful information for teachers, parents, schools and school systems.
  • students with disabilitywill be better catered for, as questions will be adjusted to suit the child’s ability and learning needs.

Understanding NAPLAN Online

The following short video explains how NAPLAN Online tests work (click on arrow).

Getting Ready

Tasmanian school communities are being centrally supported in their transition to online assessment. The Department of Education has a NAPLAN Helpdesk at:

The Department of Education is also working with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to develop and share resources supporting all Tasmanian schools with their readiness to move to online assessment. ACARA has responsibility for constructing all NAPLAN Online assessments.

Parents info

Online NAPLAN tests seek to increase engagement with students by providing questions that are suited to individual ability. Importantly, students will use a computer or device that they are familiar and comfortable with.

Online NAPLAN tests seek to increase engagement with students by allowing each student to interact with questions ‘tailored’ to their ability. Students will also use a computer or device that they are familiar and comfortable with.

public demonstration site is available where you and your child can view the sorts of ICT skills that are used in NAPLAN Online questions.

Visit ACARA’s NAPLAN website, particularly the frequently asked questions, to find out more about NAPLAN Online. Advice for parents and caregivers about NAPLAN in general is also available.

Transition Timeline 2018

  • All Tasmanian schools transitioning to NAPLAN online in 2019 will be supported to ensure they are ready to participate.
  • School Readiness Testing for all Tasmanian schools will be undertaken in September 2018. This “dress rehearsal” will help students and teachers become familiar with online assessment processes.
  • During the year there will be teacher training in using the Online Platform that has been developed to deliver NAPLAN Online in 2019.
  • The 2019 NAPLAN Online tests will be held from May 14 to 24.


For further information please contact the Tasmanian Department of Education’s NAPLAN Helpdesk:


Phone: 03 61655706

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NAP Sample Assessments

The NAP Sample Assessments test students’ skills and understanding in Science LiteracyCivics and Citizenship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy. Only selected groups of students in Years 6 and 10 participate in these sample assessments (Year 6 only for Science Literacy), which are held on a rolling three-yearly basis. NAP Sample Assessments began in 2003 with Science Literacy (NAP — SL), followed by Civics and Citizenship (NAP — CC) in 2004 and Information and Communication Technology Literacy (NAP — ICTL) in 2005.

Primary and secondary schools participating in the NAP Sample Assessments benefit in a number of ways. Their students have the opportunity to engage with state-of-the-art assessment materials, some of which are delivered online. This is an excellent learning opportunity for students.

Further information is available from the National Assessment Program website.

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Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA is an international study which began in the year 2000. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in participating countries/economies. Since the year 2000 over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA.
Every PISA survey tests reading, mathematical and scientific literacy in terms of general competencies, that is, how well students can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned at school to real-life challenges. PISA does not test how well a student has mastered a school’s specific curriculum.
Further information is available from the PISA website.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

TIMSS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of mathematics and science for students in Year 4 and Year 8, supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments.  First conducted in 1995, TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of fourth and eighth grade students. Australia has participated in all five cycles.
Further information is available from the TIMSS website.

Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

Introduced in 2001, 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.
Further information is available on the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center website.