Parents and teachers will be able to compare the standardised NAPLAN test results of students who took the exams online with those who used traditional pen and paper.
The national assessment body says its data analysts have confirmed the two data sets can be compared, following reports some state and territory education department bosses due to meet in Canberra on Wednesday have concerns.
One in five students in years three, five, seven and nine who took the standardised tests did so online in the first year of a three-year rollout of online testing.
“As this is the first year of online assessment extra attention has been given to reviewing the data and ensuring it is comparable with previous years and between online and paper test modes,” the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority said on Wednesday.
Media reports suggest some education heads raised concerns at a meeting earlier this month about how the data would be released.
A number of options had been considered, including one combined public report, two separate reports or no report at all.