School readiness

Engage community and assess technical needs

School leaders are encouraged to develop a whole-school transition approach to NAPLAN Online.

Schools planning to move to online assessment might consider:

  • whole-school approaches to the effective use of ICT
  • community engagement resources
  • school technical readiness.

Your school leadership teams might like to use these reflection questions to support their planning.

Reflection questions

  • How have you successfully implemented whole-school approaches in your school?
  • What are your focus areas and priorities for students and staff?
  • How will you ensure your school community is informed and engaged in the change?

Practical examples

Moving to NAPLAN Online is a natural step for schools that are already implementing the Australian Curriculum.

Schools plan and map out their ICT commitments in line with the usual school planning for curriculum resourcing.

ICT infrastructure for NAPLAN Online should be a natural flow on from what is used to deliver the curriculum at your school.

Queensland state schools are supported by their regional technology manager or regional systems technician in this process.

All Queensland schools can check ACARA's technical requirements for NAPLAN Online to ensure they are considering the most up-to-date information.

Three ideas for schools

  1. Run a scheduling tool — either ACARA's Capacity Planning Tool (all schools) or the department's Technical Readiness Tool (for state schools) to identify a suitable test schedule. This will also inform technical readiness and planning.
  2. Communicate the latest information in parent meetings, in your school newsletter and website or school social media. Share the essentials presentation with your staff and parent community.
    Independent schools can find a version of this presentation tailored to their school on ISQ's ISQ portal.
  3. Promote the ACARA public demonstration site to your school community.

There are a range of resources to support school readiness and engagement.

Last updated 21 April 2020