​As in all other schools in Australia, students in Years 3 and 5 at St Peter Chanel participate in NAPLAN testing each year. NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine how well young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. 

NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process and do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance. A child’s teacher will have the best insight into their educational progress. 

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. The assessments allow parents to see how their child is progressing against national standards in these areas over time. Along with other school assessment reports, NAPLAN reports can be used by parents when discussing with teachers their child’s strengths and areas for improvement.

NAPLAN results can assist teachers by providing additional information to support their professional judgement about students’ levels of literacy and numeracy attainment and progress. NAPLAN can support school improvement by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress against the national measure, to identify strengths and areas to improve in teaching programs, and to set goals in literacy and numeracy. 

Students and parents wishing to familiarise themselves with NAPLAN Online can visit the public demonstration site ​on the NAP website. The number of adjustments available aim to encourage participation in NAPLAN Online for as many students as possible.

NAPLAN results do not measure overall school quality.