NAPLAN Online

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All Australian Education Ministers have agreed that the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy, known as NAPLAN, will move online from 2017, over a two-to-three year period. The goal is for around 10 per cent of Australian schools to be conducting NAPLAN online in 2017, with increasingly more schools online in 2018, and by 2019 the aim is for all schools to be online.

An ACT project team, including representatives from the Catholic Education Office and Association of Independent Schools, is working closely with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to ensure system, school and student readiness.

Online education assessments bring many new opportunities for students and teachers. NAPLAN online will allow for more diversity in assessment tasks; will enable a broader range of skills to be assessed and the tests will be tailored to student achievement, providing more precise results.

Online delivery of assessments is also proving to be more engaging for students, allowing the opportunity for them to better demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.

Results will be available more rapidly than they are currently for paper based tests, enabling teachers to identify learning priorities earlier and tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

ACARA has undertaken detailed research projects relating to online test delivery over recent years, including students’ cognitive and behavioural engagement, and the capacity of tailored test design to generate robust and differentiated student achievement data.

Read more about Literacy and Numeracy programs in Canberra Public Schools.

Platform Trial and Readiness Test

ACT schools will have the opportunity to participate in a Platform Testing and Readiness Trial (PTRT) in August 2016. The PTRT is a ‘practice run’ or ‘test drive’ of the NAPLAN online platform. It involves testing and trialling activities which will inform the final stage of the NAPLAN online platform. State/territory education authorities are responsible for preparing schools to move online, supported by a variety of tools and activities.

All ACT schools will administer the readiness tests during 16 - 26 August 2016. Students will undertake either one or two familiarisation tests comprising of questions from numeracy, reading and language conventions as well as a separate writing test.

The Trial is important as it will help us make sure we have adequate technical requirements in place including bandwidth capacity, wireless connectivity, and whether students have access to a sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN testing. During the trial, schools will also have the opportunity to practice managing their classroom for an online assessment, as well as the new test administration processes.

Feedback following the trial will help identify improvements that can be implemented before the first online assessments in May 2017.

The August trial is not a test of content and has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge. Rather, it provides schools and students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment.

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Question and Answers

NAPLAN Online Questions and Answers

Why is NAPLAN moving online?

Moving NAPLAN online brings many new opportunities for students and teachers that are not possible with paper-based tests. NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to you within a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months.

What will be the benefit of NAPLAN Online?

Better assessment - more diversity in assessment tasks & assessing a broader range of skills and content.

More precise results - tests are tailored to student achievement, which will provide more precise results & keep students engaged.

Faster turnaround of information - results will be available more rapidly, enabling teachers to identify learning priorities earlier and tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

Will all Australian schools commence undertaking NAPLAN online together?

No. NAPLAN online will be implemented from 2017 and it is expected that all schools will be participating in NAPLAN Online by 2019.

Implementation will be determined by jurisdictions, school systems and schools, based on readiness, to ensure an effective and efficient transition. In the ACT, we are working closely with both Government and Non-Government schools to determine our readiness.

Who has developed the NAPLAN Online test?

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the NAPLAN online test including test questions, test administration policy as well as operational activities.

ACARA is undertaking a research and development program to inform the transition of NAPLAN from a pen-and-paper test to a computer-based assessment.

Who has developed the NAPLAN online platform?

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training commissioned Education Services Australia (ESA) to develop and trial the platform which will deliver the National Assessment Program (NAP) online, including NAPLAN.

The online national assessment platform will be used to trial online assessments in 2016. The platform will also be used to deliver the National Assessment Program - Civics and Citizenship later in 2016.

How secure will the online assessment platform be?

The NAPLAN online assessment platform will have state-of-the-art security protections. Before NAPLAN goes online from 2017, it will be used to trial various online assessment activities as well as the National Assessment Program: Civics and Citizenship in 2016. These activities will allow us to ensure the security of the system.

What research and planning has been undertaken in preparation for NAPLAN Online?

Significant planning, development, research and trialling are occurring to make sure we are ready to move NAPLAN online.

ACARA has undertaken detailed research projects relating to online test delivery over recent years, including students’ cognitive and behavioural engagement, and the capacity of tailored test design to generate robust and differentiated student achievement data. This activity will continue throughout 2016 and schools selected to be involved in upcoming studies will be contacted directly.

Platform Trial and Readiness Test (PTRT) Questions and Answers

What is the Platform Trial and Readiness Test (PTRT)?

The PTRT is a ‘practice run’ or ‘test drive’ of the NAPLAN online platform. It involves end-to-end testing and trialling activities which will inform the final stage of the NAPLAN online platform development. State/territory education authorities are responsible for preparing schools to move online, supported by a variety of readiness tools and activities.

What is the benefit of the PTRT?

The PTRT or ‘practice run’ provides the opportunity for schools, capable to go online in 2017, and their students to engage with the online assessments, gain familiarity with the online platform, the new test administration processes and practice classroom procedures.

Who is taking part in the PTRT?

All ACT schools are participating in this trial. Schools have been requested to administer the test to either one class or one cohort of students.

Approximately 1,000 schools are expected to participate nationally in the PTRT.

What if the PTRT doesn’t work for my school?

As with any trial of a new product, schools may experience some process or technical issues during the PTRT. Feedback following the PTRT will help identify improvements that can be implemented before the first online assessments in May 2017.

Who is implementing, monitoring and supporting the PTRT within the ACT?

The ACT Test Administration Authority (TAA) is responsible for preparing schools to move online. The TAA will support schools with training and a variety of readiness tools and activities.

What support will be provided to schools during the Platform Trial and Readiness Test (PTRT)?

All schools will receive training on the new online assessment platform before the PTRT. Handbooks and technical user guides to assist school staff such as the Principal, NAPLAN Coordinator and Test Administrators have been distributed. In addition, a Help Desk will be available to report issues and ask questions.

What is the format of the PTRT?

The PTRT will provide students an opportunity to experience the type of questions that will be included in the new online assessment.

The test will consist of one omnibus test which comprises questions from reading, numeracy and language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and a separate writing test (only at selected schools). The length of each test will be approximately 45 minutes.

Can students use their own devices in the PTRT?

Yes. Many schools are moving towards a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that allows students to use their own computer at school. Students will also be able to use their own headphones required for the spelling test. Training provided to schools details how BYOD devices can be used, consistent with school BYOD policies.

Please refer to the NAP website for further information concerning BYOD: http://nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/technical-requirements.html external link.

Do all devices need to install a secure/locked down browser?

Yes. Participation in the readiness test will require the use of a locked down browser; while the online assessment platform can be used with modern browsers, the test player used by students is configured by default to run using a specific browser application. This is referred to as a ‘locked down browser’ as it is designed to prevent the student accessing other applications and web pages.

The NAP locked down browser or application will need to be installed on all devices used by students to sit the NAPLAN tests by downloading and installing the application on their machines. For further information refer to the NAP website: https://www.assessform.edu.au/Public/NapLDB.aspx external link.

The locked down browser is only operational on a machine while a test is being undertaken.

Does the PTRT require a specific operating system to run?

No. NAPLAN online will be able to run on different operating systems. You can view the minimum technical requirements on the NAP website: http://nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/technical-requirements.html external link

Fact Sheet

Links

NAPLAN Online - http://nap.edu.au/online-assessment external link

Technical Requirements - http://nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/technical-requirements external link

Research and Development - http://nap.edu.au/online-assessment/research-and-development external link