The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.


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NAPLAN tests 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 the second full week 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 the development of skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.

2015 Naplan School Performance Data



Bishops’ Religious Testing  


Students in Years 3 and 5 complete the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment. This is a curriculum-based assessment which reflects and supports the progressive nature of the K-12 Religious Education Units.

It focuses on students’ ability to recall content about the Catholic religion and to assess students’ knowledge and understanding of Religious Education. it does not measure students’ faith.


Early Childhood Testing


PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools) testing is conducted at the beginning of Term 1 and again in Term 4 each year with all Pre Primary students. The PIPS assessment tests the Literacy and Numeracy knowledge of students when they arrive at school, then the gains made during the year in terms of maths, reading and phonological awareness.

Observation Surveys are conducted on all Year 1 and 2 students at the beginning of Term 1 each year. At-risk Year 3 students are also included in this testing. Observation Surveys are a set of systematic observation 

assessment tools to help teachers measure early literacy in students.

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Classroom Testing


The classes from Year 1 to 6 complete a series of standardised tests (ACER: PAT Assessments) at the beginning of Term 1 and again towards the end of Term 4 to monitor progress. Tests completed are focused on the areas of Maths, Reading and Punctuation & Grammar.


Students from Years 2-6 are assessed on their spelling using the South Australian Spelling Test at the beginning and end of each school year to monitor progress. Students are also assessed and monitored throughout the school year using the Words Their Way spelling program assessment.


Alongside these standardised tests, teachers use a range of ongoing teacher- assessments to assess and monitor learning throughout the year. These assessments may take various forms, including written tests and assessment through ICT.