Queensland students urged to ‘relax’ as NAPLAN testing begins

Queensland students may be a little more nervous than usual today, with NAPLAN testing about to get underway.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy will take place at schools around Australia from today, Tuesday 15 May.

Education Minister Grace Grace has encouraged students taking part in NAPLAN to just relax and do their best.


“I send my well wishes to the 263,000 Queensland state and non-state students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 who will be taking part in the tests this week,” Ms Grace said.

“NAPLAN is one of the tools we can use for monitoring students’ progress and assessing their areas of strength and development.

“The tests can also help schools to recognise curriculum programs that are effective in improving student outcomes.”

Ms Grace said parents can be confident that the great work students and teachers do every day in the classroom have prepared them well for the tests.

“Teachers work tirelessly to support the wellbeing and achievement of students, and empower them to reach their potential,” she said.

“As a result, Queensland is one of the most improved Australian jurisdictions in literacy and numeracy since the introduction of NAPLAN in 2008.”

Ms Grace thanked students for their efforts and acknowledged teachers for their work with developing children’s essential literacy and numeracy skills.

“I also thank parents, schools and the wider community for their encouragement and support,” Ms Grace said.

This year, around 15,000 students at more than 80 state and non-state schools are participating in NAPLAN Online, ahead of the scheduled full rollout by 2020.

The Education Council recently agreed to consider terms of reference for a review of NAPLAN after ten years of the tests.