Website offers glimpse at future of NAPLAN testing

Parents, students and the general public are now able to see what students will encounter when national literacy and numeracy testing moves online in several hundred schools next year.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will next year begin what is expected to be a three-year transition to having all Australian schools conducting the tests for year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students online by 2019.

A new public demonstration site has been launched to allow visitors to explore different questions. The site includes miniature tests in each year level and in each testing domain: conventions of language, which includes grammar, spelling and punctuation, as well as numeracy, reading and writing.

“While the mini-tests consist of questions similar to the NAPLAN Online 2017 test, they do not contain the full functionality of the national online assessment platform, as this is being refined and improved in preparation for the move online in May 2017,” a statement from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority said.

Decisions on the timing of the move to online testing will be made by states and territories, school systems and schools based on their readiness, ACARA has said. Hundreds of schools recently participated in trial testing to assess their readiness and the readiness of the online platform to support online testing.

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