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Tailored online NAPLAN better for monitoring high and low achievers

Australia’s national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN) will be available online from 2017. While there is little difference in test scores between typical paper-and-pencil tests and computerised versions of the same test, some are concerned about the proposal to use “computerised adaptive testing”.

Computerised adaptive tests start with an item that is known to be of medium difficulty for the population to which a student belongs. If he/she solves it correctly, the next item will be harder. If he/she answers the item incorrectly, the following item will be easier.

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