Understanding NAPLAN results

NAPLAN results

The NAPLAN results are released as a report in September and summarises your child’s results against the average of students in the state. Your child’s school will tell you when this report is ready.

These results give parents and students an understanding of how the student performed academically against the state. This will highlight if there are any areas that need attention. You may wish to discuss your child’s results and progress with teachers.


Each student’s results are reported against the NAPLAN assessment scale. It is important to note that:

  • a common scale us used for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 which allows student achievement to be measured against the same scale throughout their schooling
  • scaled scores ranging from 0 to 1000, and describe the development of student achievement from Year 3 through to Year 9
  • reporting bands range from Band 1 to Band 10, the higher the band, the greater the complexity of skill assessed.


The diagram below shows the reporting band range for each year level. The ‘National Minimum Standard’ (NMS) is defined for each area as the second lowest Band for a year level. A student at the NMS has typically demonstrated the basic elements of literacy and numeracy needed at their year level.

NAPLAN results can be used in a number of ways including:

  • Teachers, parents and students can use the results to address and work on any areas of weakness following the results.
  • Schools and teachers can use the results to identify the strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy.
  • School systems and governments use results to review programs and support offered to schools.