11,000 students complete digital mathematics assessment

Issue: Volume 94, Number 19

Posted: 27 October 2015
Reference #: 1H9cv2

The students who sat the electronic version will also sit a paper-based assessment, with their highest mark counting towards NCEA Level 1.

Deputy chief executive assessment Richard Thornton says as NZQA moves towards introducing digital assessment, it is vital that trials are run in real-world environments and that NZQA receives feedback from participants to build its understanding about how to best meet the needs of our users.

“This is an important first step towards our goal of having assessments online, moving towards being accessible anytime, and eventually anywhere,” he says. “We expected there would be challenges in taking an exam designed for paper and putting it online, and some of the feedback reflects this.”

Mr Thornton says that while the initial feedback about the eMCAT has been mixed, 54 per cent of students indicated that the experience was satisfactory. NZQA will seek further qualitative information from the schools and markers involved, and a results comparison with the MCAT will provide quantitative data.

NZQA also worked with Te Kura (The Correspondence School) to deliver eMCAT to 14 students who are currently residing overseas, including in Malaysia, Bolivia, Kuwait, Zambia, Brazil, Thailand, Egypt, Australia and Denmark. This process worked well, with these students logging in and completing the assessment online.

NZQA will also trial two digital practice assessments at NCEA Level 1 this year in French Listening and Science – Mechanics. These assessments will not count towards NCEA credits but will provide schools and NZQA with the opportunity to better understand and prepare for delivering digital assessment.

“Again, the sector response has been very positive for these assessments, with 13,336 students signed up for the Science – Mechanics assessment, and 1,500 (from a cohort of 2,000) for the French Listening assessment.

“Overall, 242 schools are involved in the 2015 NZQA pilot and practice digital assessments – more than 50 per cent of all secondary schools.”

Mr Thornton says building on learning from last year, these assessments and subsequent feedback will help NZQA to further progress the transition to online digital assessment.

Go to e-MCAT on the NZQA website for more information on the pilot.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, reporter@edgazette.govt.nz

Posted: 12:22 pm, 27 October 2015

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