NAPLAN Online - trial of the new online assessment platform
You may have heard that NAPLAN online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2017. Tasmanian Government schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019. NAPLAN online hopes to provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
Our school has opted to trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on) and assess our readiness to participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019. This trial is called the School Readiness Test (SRT). The SRT is not a test of student achievement and results will not form part of a student’s overall assessment. Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN testing.
During the trial, our school will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes. Feedback from schools participating in the trial will inform transition to the online assessment as well as provide valuable feedback to shape the final development of the NAPLAN online platform.
The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment. During August-September 2017, selected students in Years 3 and 7 will participate in the trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking two online tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. Each test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Participation in this trial is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience. NAPLAN Online requires students to confidently use a computer or device in at least seven ways.
All students need to develop these skills when using ICT so we would encourage teachers and parents to look for ways that students can become familiar with these skills. Educational games are a good resource for developing these skills.
Seven ways to demonstrate on-line skills
1 Locate and select an answer from a list
2 Type an answer
3 Read the screen and navigate web pages
4 Manipulate objects on screen
5 Read and comprehend digital texts
6 Plan and compose text using word processing
If you have further questions, please contact Selina Kinne at the school via email: email@example.com
Mrs Selina Kinne, Director of Teaching & Learning K-10