Key­board the next bar­rier to school test­ing suc­cess

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

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.

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