Trial of the new online NAPLAN assessment platform

Written by SMC Administrator. Posted in News, Timeline

St Marys_246You 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 will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
Our school has opted to trial the new assessment platform (the computer system that 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 suitable 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 process.
Students will be asked to download a NAPLAN app in the week before the testing and during testing week will need to come to school with a fully charged device and headphones, if they have them.
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 September 18-22, 2017 selected students in Year 3, 5 and 7 will participated in the trial of the assessment platform by undertaking one or 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.
If you have further questions, please contact Michelle Baker at the College by emailing
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