A WA school was referred for disciplinary action because it failed to securely store children's test papers after they sat national literacy and numeracy assessments, a report into breaches of test protocols has revealed.
The incident was one of six upheld in WA, out of 68 reported across the country, in figures released yesterday by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
The report said the school's security breach had affected two year levels taking part in National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy tests held in May, but there was no evidence that students' results had been compromised.
Other WA breaches included a student being asked to complete a test twice and a school interrupting the tests to give students an unsanctioned break.
In another case, a school was reported because a test admin- istrator copied a student's answers.
And a school that required students to transcribe their answers for retention and marking at the school was told to improve its procedures in future tests. ACARA said 43 of the 68 allegations reported across Australia were substantiated.
Only three incidents involved cheating, three fewer than last year.
Almost half of the substantiated test incidents involved improper handling of test materials and some of the other security breaches involved use of social media. This year's national NAPLAN report found that overall student achievement was similar to last year, with a moderate increase in performance in Year 5 reading.
Indigenous Year 5 students made a bigger improvement in their reading results in the past two years compared with non-indigenous students.