Tweed River High takes on­line test

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED River High School stu­dents will be among the first in the state to sit the an­nual NAPLAN test on­line.

Prin­ci­pal Leisa Con­roy said Year 7 and 9 stu­dents will be sit­ting the na­tion­wide exam this week to test their nu­mer­acy, read­ing and lan­guage skills.

“The on­line for­mat is an adap­tive test, so it will present ques­tions that are bet­ter matched to in­di­vid­ual stu­dent achieve­ment lev­els,” Ms Con­roy said.

“The new for­mat is de­signed to pro­vide teach­ers with more pre­cise re­sults about group and stu­dent achieve­ment, with a faster turn-around, so that NAPLAN re­sults can be used for tar­geted teach­ing more quickly.

“The ben­e­fits of be­ing on­line are many, in­clud­ing bet­ter as­sess­ment, more pre­cise re­sults and faster turn­around of in­for­ma­tion, al­low­ing teach­ers to adapt their lessons to the needs of the class­room far ear­lier in the school year.”

Ms Con­roy said stu­dents in April par­tic­i­pated in a prac­tice on­line exam.

“Stu­dents men­tioned that they felt they were more fo­cused and it felt more per­sonal us­ing com­put­ers and head­phones,” Ms Con­roy said.

This is the first year some stu­dents will take the NAPLAN on­line, be­fore all test­ing across all schools is moved on­line by 2020.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion about NAPLAN, visit nap.edu.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HI-TECH: Tweed River High stu­dents will be among the first in the state to com­plete the NAPLAN test on­line in­stead of the usual hand­writ­ten test.

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