Getting ready

School readiness test week

The window for the school readiness test is six weeks long, from 14 August – 22 September. NSW schools must complete the test during a selected one week period.

Principals are required to select a preferred week to participate in the school readiness test.

Training for schools

Training to support the transition to NAPLAN Online was held in all principal networks from 27 June to 11 August. Training will be delivered state-wide as a one day face-to-face session for school NAPLAN co-ordinators and test administrators (two staff per school).

Principals are asked to nominate two staff members to attend this training. It is recommended that nominated staff are those staff who will be responsible for coordinating and administering readiness testing within their school during August and September.

Face-to-face sessions

Over 3,500 Department of Education staff participated in 272 sessions during face-to-face training across NSW.

eLearning

The NAPLAN Online – School Readiness Test eLearning course is a refresher for staff who have already attended training and will assist them to administer the NAPLAN Online school readiness test.

Department personnel automatically gain access to MyPL, through the MyPL link in the My Applications page of their DoE Staff Portal, or by logging in to MyPL directly. Once in MyPL, staff can navigate to ‘Browse Learning’ and find the course listed in the learning catalogue by searching 'NAPLAN Online'. Non-DoE users can obtain a user name and password by registering for the course.

Technical readiness checklist

A technical readiness checklist was sent to all principals to help schools assess their technical preparedness and physical testing space needs to participate in the NSW NAPLAN Online school readiness test between August and September 2017. The checklist ensured all schools were ready to participate in the readiness test.

Technical requirements

Schools with suitable hardware and reliable access to the Internet are best positioned to implement online assessments. ACARA has provided a description of technical requirements for NAPLAN Online when schools make the transition.

Whilst NAPLAN Online assumes reliable access to the internet, a low bandwidth solution will be in place for selected schools in 2018. Public schools can email NAPLANOnline@det.nsw.edu.au for advice.

Locked down browser installation

The National Assessment Platform (NAP) used for both NAPLAN Online and the readiness test is accessed using a specially developed 'locked-down browser' that is available for Windows, Macintosh, iPads and Chromebooks.

A locked down browser is a custom browser which increases the security of the exam environment. Locked down browsers:

  • Prevent students from accessing other applications, web pages, software or hardware features and only provides access to the test player
  • Prevent use of operating system commands such as functions accessed by Ctrl-Alt-Delete
  • Disable features such as the camera, spell check, screenshot, home, back and power buttons
  • Prevent execution in a virtual machine or a virtual desktop (e.g. Citrix Virtual desktops, VMware or Parallels on Mac)
  • Prevent the user from exiting without confirmation

For more information on locked down browsers, visit the NAP Technology page.

For government schools, eT4L devices have an installation package available from the Software Catalogue for schools to deploy. For other devices, schools will need to install the browser on each device.

The following are installation guides that have step-by-step instructions for each of the device types on how to install the locked down browser.

Locked down browser installation guides

a. Install the locked down browser on a department managed device (preferred)

b. Install the locked down browser on an Android device

c. Install the locked down browser on a Chromebook

d. Install the locked down browser on an iPad

e. Install the locked down browser on a Mac

f. Install the locked down browser on a Windows 7 PC

g. Install the locked down browser on a Windows 8 or 10 PC

Internet noise school poster

This poster can be used by schools to help raise awareness and manage internet noise within the school readiness test week.

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