Students taking the written NAPLAN test.
Students taking the written NAPLAN test. Lee Constable

NAPLAN online is a strong option

SOUTHERN Downs students will sit national exams such as NAPLAN online as of next year, in an attempt to speed up results and create more opportunities for students.

Investigations are under way into the feasibility of the digital change, but the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority's acting CEO Rob Randall said it would be in the best interests of students.

"An online NAPLAN opens the way potentially to overcome some of the limitations of the current program, create opportunities for more dynamic, interactive and student-centred assessment, deliver performance data more rapidly (even in real time) and link performance assessment to online tools for remediation, extension, and diagnosis that are not currently available in pen and paper tests," he said.

Education Minister John Paul Langbroek said online testing could be the way of the future.

"We always need to be looking for innovative ways to change the way we deliver education and assessment," Mr Langbroek said.

Exactly when the online shift will occur is not set in concrete as authorities are still investigating.



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