Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

20 March 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

NAPLAN testing cancelled for 2020

Supporting our children and young people to continue to learn is a top priority for the Tasmanian Government.

We know that our teachers, principals and support staff, are critical to ensuring that our learners feel and stay safe as we deal with the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, more than ever, this is so very important.

That is why I joined with other Ministers of Education from around Australia today, to agree that NAPLAN testing will not go ahead in 2020.

This aligns with the decisions we have already made regarding cancelling moderation, stopping NAPLAN practice tests, and making the Child and Student Wellbeing survey optional for schools.

At this challenging time, my absolute priority is to ensure that our principals and teachers have the ability to focus on supporting the learning and wellbeing of our children and young people.

Please be assured that the Department of Education is working with its Health colleagues to get the best advice on ensuring our sites continue to support the health and safety of everyone.

We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing efforts of our schools based staff.

We acknowledge the questions and concerns that many parents and carers have during this time. More information is available by accessing or by calling the Department of Education Hotline on 1800 816 057.

A communique from today’s meeting is available at

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