Keyboard the next barrier to school testing success
THE transition to online NAPLAN testing has raised concerns for parents, who say some students could be disadvantaged by the transition.
As of this year, NAPLAN has decided to begin a roll out from paper-based testing to computer-based assessment in some schools.
The Department of Education says the new system will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
But some Southern Downs parents are concerned the new approach will mean our schools will have to get ahead of the game if they want students to continue to achieve.
Wheatvale State School parent Andrew Dunn said teaching keyboard literacy in students from as early as Year 1 would be crucial as the nation goes ahead with the online testing.
Mr Dunn expressed concerns that students with lower proficiency and less experience using computers and keyboards could fall behind in exams.
“I am dreading the day it goes online, I can see it would be fraught with danger,” Mr Dunn said.
“I think unless your kid is very adept with a keyboard they will be a disadvantaged.”
The online testing is now available to schools around Australia on an opt-in basis.
State and territory education authorities are responsible for determining when their jurisdictions move to NAPLAN Online.
Under the new model, students can use their own devices like iPads, tablets and computers but they will not have access to unauthorised websites, applications and spell-checking features during exams.
Students are supervised during the test to ensure test conditions are maintained.