Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Age has a different spin about NAPLAN Online

Power failures, freezing, browser issues and interrupted internet connections have plagued initial trials of the new online NAPLAN tests, principals report.

A survey reveals 23 per cent of primary school principals, who are among those administering the online test for the first time next year, will not be up to the task by May 2017.

They are still grappling with basic challenges such as maintaining power and an internet connection, with a survey of nearly 200 principals finding an alarming 84 per cent faced problems with technology during initial trials of the test.

One school was forced to connect all devices by extension cords to maintain power on the students' devices, posing a safety problem for students and supervisors moving around the classroom.

The Australian Primary Principals Association survey said schools were crying out for more technical support and staff training to prepare for the test.

They said internet connections were dropping in and out, the test overloaded the school's bandwidth, and students were losing work, or not being able to review completed tests. Principals called for "further investigation and research" into whether iPads were a suitable device for the tests, with many freezing for a short time, some requiring to be rebooted, while students had trouble logging on and downloading the test on the tablet.The association's president Dennis Yarrington said the organisation was in talks with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority about developing a contingency plan for schools if technical difficulties arose during the exam."What's the Plan B if there are technical or connectivity problems on assessment day? That needs to be one sorted and put in place," he said."We need to ensure when schools sign up to do NAPLAN online, that they will be fully supported in the implementation of the test."Principals said they would need to improve students' keyboard and desktop navigational skills before the test, while students who had less access to computers at home found the online format more difficult.The online test will be gradually rolled out over a three-year period, with about 10 per cent of schools moving online next year.The curriculum authority indicated in a recent newsletter that initial trials had been "mostly positive" and concerns expressed in the survey did not reflect the experience of most schools participating in  its tests.The authority's chief executive Robert Randall said technical problems were expected during the trial period."We were pleased with how the platform trials went for NAPLAN online. As expected with any trial of new technology we identified some technical issues. Those issues can now be addressed to ensure we are ready to move NAPLAN online from next year."

Friday, September 30, 2016

NAPLAN Online passes its first test

ACARA and its partners have undertaken trialling in preparation for the move to NAPLAN online. The results have indicated that NAPLAN online is on track to be implemented from next year and deliver better assessment, more precise results and a faster turnaround of information to those schools going online.

“We are leaving nothing to chance to ensure we are ready to begin the move to NAPLAN online from next year,” says ACARA CEO, Robert Randall, “this is why significant planning, development, research and trialling are going on to make sure we are all ready to move online.”
Initial results from the trials and studies undertaken this year have been mostly positive. The platform trial and readiness test (PTRT) confirmed that the majority of schools have sufficient capacity to access the platform and administer the online assessment. As expected, a number of technical issues were identified, largely relating to the locked-down browser, local filtering and proxy settings, and wireless access and connectivity issues. Jurisdictions will undertake further analysis to ensure readiness of schools in the lead-up to May 2017.

Platform trial and readiness test (PTRT)  

During August 2016, students from more than 1,000 selected schools nationally took part in a trial of the new assessment platform for NAPLAN online. 
Students took one or two online readiness tests, which included examples of the full range of NAPLAN online questions and a separate writing test. 
Results received from the trial have been positive:  
  • The platform performed well and the trial confirmed the majority of participating schools could undertake the online assessment successfully and with minimal issues.
  • Students engaged with the online format positively, were focused and said they enjoyed the experience of NAPLAN online.
  • Of those students who participated in a feedback survey, more than 86 per cent liked using a computer for the writing assessment.
  • More than 83 per cent liked using a computer for all other domains (not all students did both the writing and the combined tests).  

About the item trials and studies

Item trials and studies carried out by ACARA have provided information that will help develop the NAPLAN online 2017 test. The online item trial evaluated test items (questions) in a sample of around 180 schools across Australia.
The scaling study was delivered in around 260 schools in August and September. The scaling study has collected information about the performance of students in the multistage test design (or ‘tailored tests’) to be used in NAPLAN online. This will guide and support the development of the tests.
The linking study, which will continue until October 2016, is being conducted to ensure that paper-based tests can be compared with the NAPLAN online tests. On completion, around 180 schools will have participated in this study.
Feedback from schools has been mainly positive. Students found the new online tests engaging; test administrators found the platform easy to operate. Initial results from the study demonstrate that items and tests are performing as expected. Data analysis is now underway.
“The majority of students were extremely positive about the online testing experience.”
State school deputy principal, Queensland
“Students engaged incredibly well, were focussed and later said that they really enjoyed the experience.”
State school deputy principal, Queensland
“All in all, we had a very productive and informative day – certainly a great start to our NAPLAN online experience!”
State school acting deputy principal, Queensland
Feedback from schools will be used to identify improvements required before the first online NAPLAN assessment in May 2017.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Updated website

The website for Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing has been updated with lots of new resources.

We have also redesigned it so that you can find stuff more easily.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Detailed answers to the 2016 ACARA May NAPLAN Tests.

Detailed answers to the 2016 ACARA May NAPLAN Tests. Years 3, 5, 7, 9. Language Conventions, Numeracy, Reading, Writing. Word files for easy editing. PDF files for easy printing. Available for download from Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing.

Download here

Sunday, September 4, 2016

NAPLAN Online Video

Watch it here.

ACARA News about NAPLAN online

NAPLAN online trials and studies

In preparation for NAPLAN moving online from 2017, several trials and studies are being conducted in schools across Australia this August and September. ACARA is conducting an item trial, a scaling study and a linking study, while states and territories are conducting platform trial and readiness tests (PTRT).
The ACARA trials and studies provide information required to develop the NAPLAN online 2017 test. The PTRT aims to assess technical, school and student readiness for online testing.

Item trial

The NAPLAN item trial took place between 1 and 19 August 2016.
The purpose of the item trial is to evaluate test items that may be included in future tests. The study is trialling numeracy, reading, writing and conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) in a sample of schools across Australia.
This year is the first year the item trial has been administered online, with around 180 schools participating.

Linking study and scaling study

The studies are taking place from 15 August to October 2016.
The purpose of the scaling study is to collect information about the performance of students in ACARA’s multistage adaptive tests (‘tailored tests’) to guide and support the development of the NAPLAN 2017 online tests. This study tests numeracy, reading and language conventions in a sample of schools across Australia.
The aim of the linking study is to ensure performance on paper-based tests and computer-based tests are comparable and allow the continuation of trend data across years (from 2008). All test domains (numeracy, reading, conventions of language and writing) are included in this study.
Information from the studies will also be used to pre-scale the online test in order to support the tailored tests, facilitating the fast turnaround of results.
Approximately 400 schools are scheduled to participate in the scaling study and the linking study. Initial feedback from both the item trial and linking studies is positive:
  • Teachers noted repeatedly that Year 3 and Year 5 students who were reluctant to do the NAPLAN paper tests were far more willing and even keen to participate in the online tests.
  • Older students who are familiar with the paper conventions of language NAPLAN test said that they enjoyed and were more engaged by the online test. In discussion afterwards they said they liked the audio, ‘there should be more’.
  • In one school, after Year 7 students completed two tests (reading and conventions of language), they were keen to try numeracy [test] as well – and asked why they had not been enrolled in all three tests.

Platform trial and readiness test

The platform trial and readiness test took place in August 2016.
During August 2016, students from selected schools participated in a trial of the assessment platform for NAPLAN online (platform trial and readiness test or PTRT). The students undertook one or two online readiness tests, which included examples of the full range of NAPLAN online questions and a separate writing test.
The PTRT is a ‘practice run’ of the NAPLAN online platform, providing an opportunity for schools to check whether there is suitable bandwidth capacity, wireless connectivity and whether students have access to a sufficient number of devices and are able to practice on the new technology-enhanced items.
This activity is being managed by NAPLAN online project managers and/or test administration authorities (TAAs) in states and territories, in conjunction with the NAPLAN online project management office.
Feedback from schools following the PTRT will help identify improvements required before the first online NAPLAN assessment in May 2017. Initial feedback from students, teachers, principals is positive:
  • Students engaged incredibly well, were focused and later said that they really enjoyed the experience.
    School Deputy Principal, Queensland
  • …the technology format was positive and that the students were able to relate to it better.
    Teacher, Public School, South Australia

NAPLAN online starts in 2017

Learn about NAPLAN online in 2017

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Detailed answers to the 2016 ACARA NAPLAN Tests

Available soon.

Years 3, 5, 7, 9

  • Language Conventions
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy Non-Calculator
  • Numeracy Calculator

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Final post before the 2016 NAPLAN Tests

I would like to wish all teachers and students the best for the upcoming 2016 NAPLAN Tests.

Relax and enjoy them!

Kilbaha Multimedia Publishing has provided hundreds of schools with quality practice NAPLAN material since the start of 2016.

This will continue throughout 2016 and 2017 as NAPLAN moves online.

Our online interactive NAPLAN tests with automatic marking can be found here.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Two weeks to go

The 2016 Kilbaha NAPLAN Trial Tests are now available in both hard copy and interactive formats. 
Use the hard copy files to print copies for your students. 
Use the interactive versions with automatic marking to save time in the lead up to the ACARA NAPLAN Tests in May 2016