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Academic Curriculum

Communicating Year 9 NAPLAN results to parents and students

From the Director of Curriculum, Elizabeth Watson

Schools will receive their NAPLAN results report later this month.

When distributed to families, the Year 9 student reports will include:

The fact sheet will also be included with Year 7 student reports.

A range of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) developed learning resources to support students meet the minimum standard are available on the NESA website.


The following is an important message from the NSW Education Standards Authority:

Year 9 NAPLAN results and the HSC minimum standard Message from NESA

HSC minimum standard required to receive the HSC from 2020

Literacy and numeracy skills are the foundation for success in life after school. This is why eligibility for the HSC is changing. From 2020, students will need to show they have the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to complete everyday tasks.


Your child will have a number of opportunities from Year 9 to Year 12, and even after the HSC to show they meet the HSC minimum standard 

Some students will meet the requirement early through their Year 9 NAPLAN results in reading, writing and numeracy. However, most students will show they meet the standard by passing short, online reading, writing and numeracy tests in Years 10, 11 or 12.


Year 9 NAPLAN reports available in mid-August

Your child’s Year 9 NAPLAN report will indicate which online HSC minimum standard test/s (if any) they will need to pass to be eligible for the HSC certificate. Remember your child has three more years of learning before the HSC and can take the HSC minimum standard online tests in Years 10, 11 or 12. Year 9 NAPLAN is a good chance to check they are on track or get support to meet the minimum standard by Year 12.

If your child has achieved a Band 8 or above in reading, writing or numeracy, the NAPLAN report will indicate that they have “Met the HSC minimum standard early” in the respective area/s.


Your child can sit the online HSC minimum standard tests when they are ready 

There are three separate 45 minute online tests: reading, writing and numeracy. Students don’t have to pass all three tests at once and can attempt each test up to twice a year.

The reading and numeracy tests each contain a maximum of 45 multiple choice questions. The writing test will require students to respond to a question about a prompt or stimulus.

You can try some sample reading and numeracy questions at

For more information visit