Civics and citizenship

The National Assessment Program for civics and citizenship (NAP-CC) is undertaken by a sample group of Year 6 and Year 10 students.

Civics refers to the study of Australia’s system of government, historical and current governance practices, Australian identity and culture, democratic processes, the judicial system and the impact of local, state, national, regional and global influences. Citizenship relates to being part of a group that carries with it a sense of belonging or identity and includes rights and responsibilities, duties and privileges.

NAP-CC assessments have been held every three years since 2004. In 2013, for the first time, NAP-CC was trialled and delivered to students online. This represented a significant milestone for national assessment in Australia, demonstrating both the effectiveness of online assessment as well as the readiness of many schools to participate via this mode of administration.

In 2016, NAP-CC will again be delivered online. Around 12,000 Year 6 and Year 10 students from approximately 630 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote locations will participate in the sample assessment in October and November 2016.

The online assessment will include practice questions to familiarise students with the types of questions they can expect in the assessment, multiple choice and short answer questions and a student survey. In some schools with inadequate internet connectivity, the assessment will be delivered via an alternative offline solution.

A public report on the results of the assessment will be released in 2017. The public report will provide nationally comparable state and territory performance data and overall trends for Year 6 and Year 10 students. The report will also provide an analysis of performance by gender, geographic location, Indigenous status, and language background other than English at each year level.

In addition, the results of the student survey included in the report will provide an insight into students' perceptions of citizenship, their attitudes towards a number of civic-related issues and their civic engagement.