More than 350,000 NSW students will today start sitting for the School Readiness Test, a practice run for the transition to NAPLAN Online.
The school readiness test period will be held over six weeks from 14 August to 22 September, with each school participating across one week within this timeframe. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will take part in the test.
The school readiness test is designed for all NSW schools to assess their technology and provides an opportunity for them to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform. It is not an assessment of student ability and there will be no reporting of results.
Year 5 at Narrabri Public School today completed the writing component of the School Readiness Test.
Principal Marion Tame said the running of the test went smoothly from a technical point of view and the students responded well to the online format.
"They had to click on ‘play' to hear a passage read to them; that was new for them," she said.
Mrs Tame said the practice run highlighted the importance of teaching students to carefully read questions and not "skim over" them – whether for an online or pen and paper assessment. Good typing or keyboard skills were also an advantage, she said.
Silvia Pavlovski, assistant principal at Arncliffe Public School, said her Year 3 students who today did the omnibus test preferred the online format to pen and paper tests.
"Eighteen out of 20 students said they preferred the online test," she said. It was, for example, easier to edit the test online.
"They liked using the headphones and the fact that most of the questions were read to them."
Mrs Pavlovski had a few tips for schools about to do the School Readiness Test:
- Save time by using the generic login provided by the department, rather than each student's individual login.
- Have computers open and ready to go at the start of the test. Add the NAP browser to the task bar for quick and easy access.
- Enlarge the screen on desktop computers to increase readability.