Year 9 NAPLAN certificates of achievement

From 2020, Year 9 students who achieve outstanding results or who significantly improve their results in NAPLAN tests will receive a NAPLAN Certificate of Achievement.

The certificates aim to celebrate and recognise the importance of both excellence and learning growth.

Categories of achievement

The certificates will be awarded for two categories of achievement:

  • Category one: the achievement of excellence through getting a result in the top band for Reading or Numeracy, or both.
  • Category two: the achievement of outstanding learning growth through improve by two or more bands between the NAPLAN Year 7 and Year 9 tests for Reading or Numeracy, or both.

Measuring a student’s learning growth

Learning growth is a way of measuring how much progress a student makes in their learning. It is measured by identifying the number of NAPLAN bands they have moved up over time.

A band is a set range of student NAPLAN scores that identifies student performance, compared to other students. Achieving a score in the top band is considered an outstanding result and a jump of two bands from Year 7 to Year 9 is considered a significant growth in learning.


A student’s growth in learning is measured by comparing their Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN test results. This means only students who sit the Year 7 NAPLAN test are eligible to receive a certificate for learning growth.

More information

Further information about the Year 9 NAPLAN Certificates of Achievement will be provided later in the year.

A review of NAPLAN is currently underway. Read more about the review.