At a meeting of Australian Education Ministers today, the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments agreed to move and fund NAPLAN online.
This decision will see NAPLAN testing available in schools to trial from 2016 and it is expected NAPLAN online will be implemented across most schools by 2017.
Last week the Commonwealth put $24.7 million on the table to develop the platform for NAPLAN online and the states have today committed to roll it out across the country.
"I am delighted my colleagues in the states and territories are going to work with us to make NAPLAN online a reality. This will be a careful and methodical process to ensure we get it right.
Online NAPLAN testing will transform national testing from a written test to a tailored online format with questions that vary in difficulty depending on the ability of the student.
NAPLAN online will deliver even greater insight into the individual capacity of a student to inform teachers, schools and parents as well as continue to provide the data giving us a national snapshot," Mr Pyne said.
The key benefits to schools, teachers and parents are:
- Reduced test anxiety for underperforming students with individual tests more closely matching their ability and more accurately measuring their progress.
- Tailored tests have the potential to increase participation rates and increase the ability of the test to measure a broader range of students’ capabilities.
- Increased accessibility of the test to those students with a disability.
- Faster delivery of results to parents and teachers to strengthen schools’ diagnostic capacity.
"Every year there are concerns raised about ‘teaching to the test’ and stress in the classroom over the national testing regime – NAPLAN online will end this," Mr Pyne said.