In 2018, the Queensland Government initiated a review of NAPLAN, cognisant of entering into the eleventh year of implementation throughout Australia. The focus of the NAPLAN Review 2018 is to “ensure Queensland is well placed to participate in any future Education Council commissioned national review of NAPLAN” and for consideration of “the optimal positioning of NAPLAN in the future of education in Queensland, and any changes needed to address issues raised and improve Queensland’s education system outcome” (Department of Education Queensland Government [DoE], 2018).

Researchers at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education at Australian Catholic University were engaged to undertake Phase 2 of the Review to provide the views, through online surveys, of Queensland teachers, principals and school students from Years 3 to 10 on the role of NAPLAN, their NAPLAN experiences and system improvement. In addition, identified key education stakeholders participated in the Review through focus groups, interviews and an organisational survey.


  • $220,000 (Queensland Department of Education)



Industry Partners

Queensland Department of Education

Chief Investigator/s

Dr Joy Cumming

Christine Jackson

Dr Chantelle Day

Dr Graham Maxwell

Associate Professor Lenore Adie

Professor Bob Lingard

Professor Michelle Haynes

Dr Elizabeth Heck

Research Papers or Reports

Cumming, J., Jackson, C., Day, C., Maxwell, G., Adie, L., Lingard, B., Haynes, M., & Heck, E. (2019). Queensland NAPLAN Review School and System Perceptions Report and Literature Review. Brisbane, QLD.




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