Education ministers around the country have announced that NAPLAN tests for 2020 will be cancelled due to Coronavirus threats.

The ministers from every state convened via a virtual meeting to discuss the status of the nationwide standardised tests, which are taken by years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and would be held between 12 – 22 May this year, as reported in the Daily Mail.

It was decided that the NAPLAN tests will not take place at all in 2020 and will resume next year.

“The decision not to proceed with NAPLAN has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning,” the ministers said in a statement.

“Further, the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing, including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to do the test.”

Thank You!

The ministers took the opportunity to thank teachers and support staff for “the essential work they do every day educating our children and young people, particularly during these challenging times”.

Schools Will Remain Open

They education representatives also re-emphasised Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call to not close schools at this time.

“Education departments and systems will continue to closely monitor health advice and work with schools to ensure appropriate support for students and staff as the response to COVID-19 develops,” they said.

Do you think it’s a wise idea to cancel NAPLAN? Tell us in the comments below.

  • When all is said and done Naplan adds a lot of stress and not sure it benefits students more than schools.


  • Yes, it’s a wise move and they should cancel Naplan altogether. An article a few years back made the point that Naplan was dumb, not the students. It proves nothing when some schools have been caught cheating, some even encouraging parents to keep their children home on Naplan day because they thought those students wouldn’t perform well — how damaging is that for those students? And as for students who sit the test, they’re put under a lot of pressure.


  • This isn’t a huge deal. NAPLAN only really confirmed what the child’s teacher probably knows about their literacy and numeracy levels.


  • There’s a silver lining my daughter gets so worked up over it to have that stress taken away is wonderful


  • I definitely think it’s a great idea to cancel NAPLAN due to the corona virus pandemic health/safety comes first


  • Uncertainty is present in all walks of lives these days


  • I agree that considering this school year has been far from normal and concessions like this are beneficial to the children. Everyone is under enough stress and then adding keeping to the strict teaching for all parents whether working or not is very hard.


  • Yes and no


  • The introduction of NAPLAN testing has long been controversial. I don’t see the problem with it. What’s wrong with knowing how well, or not, your kids are doing at school? My kids did them and they didn’t stress the slightest about it. Maybe other parents are creating the stress by placing too much focus on them


  • Yes, it’s a silly thing anyway. So much stress put on kids just so schools can compare, a relief really!


  • Not a big deal really.


  • Absolutely. Noone will be at school so will not be a true reflection. I don’t imagine too many will be upset.


  • I don’t think anyone is upset by this news


  • My kids knew it was just a test to see if the teachers were teaching properly so their not fussed.


  • I’m not a fan of NAPLAN, so I’m not bothered by this.


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