2012 Computer-Based Assessments Teacher Training for the March Trial February / March 2012

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2012 Computer-Based Assessments Teacher Training for the March Trial February / March 2012 Slide 2 Overview of the Day 9.30Registration 9.45Setting the context and administration of trial 10.30NINA / NILA Assessment Overview 11.00 Comfort Break 11.15Practical Session 12.30Lunch 1.30NINA / NILA Assessment Overview 2.00Practical Session 3.30Evaluation & Close 2 Slide 3 Learning Intentions At the end of this session teachers will be aware of the: new computer-based assessments for introduction in 2012/13; objectives for the trial; commitment required from trial schools; timescales involved; and guidance and support available for the trial. Will have an opportunity to: have a practical session with both assessment tools. 3 Slide 4 Legislative Context Pupils shall be assessed in the autumn term, using such computer- based assessment method [for literacy and numeracy] as the Department may specify The Education (Assessment Arrangements) (Foundation to Key Stage 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007 SR 2007 No. 45 4 Slide 5 Focus on Raising Standards 5 The use of data from computer-based assessments remains a key aspect of the Departments school improvement policy Paragraph 3 DE Letter to Principals Nov 2011 Slide 6 New Providers The Department of Education (DE) initiated a public procurement process in 2011 (as the InCAS contract with CEM ended in January 2012) and this procurement process identified two new suppliers for the computer-based assessments in Literacy and Numeracy: Tribal Education Ltd. for the literacy assessment (NILA); and Rising Stars UK Ltd. in partnership with Ardluce for the numeracy assessment (NINA). Information can be found at : www.nicurriculum.org.ukwww.nicurriculum.org.uk 6 Slide 7 7 Computer-Based Assessments Slide 8 The Assessments Northern Ireland Literacy Assessment NILA Northern Ireland Numeracy Assessment NINA Assessments will be available in English & Irish Mediums In the question banks each question is targeted at a particular year group and assessment items are drawn from the previous years curriculum. NILA The listening questions will have a local voice-over. NINA All questions will also come with text to speech in the English Medium version and a voice-over in the Irish Medium version. 8 Slide 9 Key Dates 9 January 2012 Small observation trial March 2012 Trial with 200 school May 2012Principals Information Seminars May 2012 Quality assurance process May SeptOnline Teacher Training Autumn 2012Use of NILA / NINA in schools 2013/14 onwardsOngoing training support (principals, teachers, assessment coordinators, classroom assistants etc.) Slide 10 Objectives for the March Trial To ensure that: the assessment engines are fit for purpose; the assessment (items) are interesting, user-friendly, valid and reliable; the overall solutions are compatible with the C2k platform and schools systems; and any anomalies, malfunctions, managerial or implementation issues are identified, addressed and lessons learned. 10 Slide 11 Commitment of Trial Schools Schools involved in the trial should complete: the trial teacher training (28.02.12 09.03.2012); both the literacy and numeracy assessments with pupils in years 4 to 7 (12.03.12 30.03.12); pupil evaluations which will appear at the end of each assessment; and teacher evaluations which will be emailed towards the end of the trial. NB: Numeracy assessment may not be available on 22 nd /23 rd March 2012 Scale of the trial: 200 schools, 400 teachers, 10,000 pupils carrying out both assessments in a range of school environments. 11 Slide 12 Roles and Responsibilities Administrator can access all areas in the administration section of the software, can access/change other teachers passwords and classes in their school. Teachers will only have access to own class (passwords, reports). Pupils can access the practice assessment without log-in and will have a username & unique password for the assessments. 12 Slide 13 Assigning Assessments for the Trial Remember that: teacher and pupil information for years 4-7 will be lifted from SIMS via a report and subsequent data exchange with Ardluce and Tribal; NINA - two assessments will automatically be allocated to each pupil in years 4-7 in your school by Ardluce; NILA one assessment will automatically be allocated to each pupil in years 4-7 in your school by Tribal; and usernames and passwords will be created automatically for the trial. 13 Slide 14 14 Initial Teacher Preparation Check that: each PC and laptop is working before use with pupils; the links to the NILA (www.niliteracyassessment.org.uk) and NINA (www.ninumeracyassessment.org.uk) websites work on all PCs and laptops; andwww.niliteracyassessment.org.ukwww.ninumeracyassessment.org.uk Shockwave is loaded. This can by using the Practice Area of the Numeracy Assessment - if questions do not appear, you will need to contact the C2k Helpdesk to load Shockwave. Slide 15 Shortcuts on your Desktop 15 Slide 16 16 Initial Teacher Preparation Teachers should check that: they have the username/password list for the Class; all pupils are listed and their details are correct; wireless laptops (if used) are within range of the wireless network connection; laptop batteries are sufficiently charged; the sound is working on all the computers/laptops; and there are a sufficient number of working headphones and that these are plugged in firmlyalso ensuring the sound is not set too loud. Slide 17 17 Initial Teacher Preparation Ensure that pupils: are familiar with the computer/laptop that they will be using for the assessments, especially if they will be using a touchpad; know how to log-on to NINA/NILA; know how to pause or exit an assessment by clicking on the red x at the top right hand side of the screen and closing the window; know how to resume an assessment by clicking Start Assessment button. Pupil should log in again with the same username and password and see Continue first assessment; and understand the assessments they will be completing and have had sufficient opportunity to use the Practice Area / Practice Assessment. Slide 18 The Practice Area / Practice Assessment Be sure to: take your pupils through the various question/response types; draw attention to the instructions for each question type; demonstrate how to answer using a data projector or smart board; give your pupils plenty of opportunity to use the practice area (NINA) / practice assessment (NILA); show pupils how to undo/change an answer; evaluate how pupils cope with question types and advise; and show that an answer can be deleted or changed any number of times before the Submit (NINA) / Play (NILA) button is clicked. NB. Pupils can access the Practice Area / Practice Assessment without logging on to do an assessment. 18 Slide 19 19 Assessment Outcomes As each pupil completes an assessment their data will be saved automatically online. Once pupils complete and finish the assessments, the assessment data will be automatically analysed.. Slide 20 Feedback Reports Following the March Trial schools will receive: Pupil Objectives Reports; and Pupil Diagnostic Reports. In Autumn 2012 schools will receive: Pupil/ Class/ Year and School Objectives and Diagnostic Reports. 20 Slide 21 CCEA Support and Resources for Trial C2k email to Principals (27 February 2012) re: SIMS pupil data report. Teacher training resources. 2 days sub cover for school to administer assessments. Online materials at www.nicurriculum.org.ukwww.nicurriculum.org.uk CCEA Assessment Operations Team Helpdesk: 028 9026 1274. 21 Slide 22 Guidance Documents Numeracy Training Guidance for Teachers prepared by Ardluce Ltd. Training Guidance for School Administrators prepared by Ardluce Ltd. Training Guidance for Pupils prepared by Ardluce Ltd. Tips for Teachers prepared by Ardluce Ltd. Literacy Training Guidance (March Trial) prepared by Tribal. Trial Test Checklist. 22 Slide 23 Introduction to the Literacy Assessment 23 Slide 24 The Literacy Assessment There will be two age related bands in the assessment, one for Primary 4 and 5 and one for Primary 6 and 7. The questions will have a range of difficulty within each band, designed to help children show what they can do whatever their ability. As they go through the assessment the children will be given questions adapted to their success. The assessment will last approx. 50 minutes. 24 Slide 25 The Literacy Assessment Assessing crucial aspects of Literacy which will provide teachers with diagnostic information about the skills and understanding of their pupils. Using the potential of the on-screen presentation to provide interactive and engaging experiences in different ways. Drawing varied topics from across the Northern Ireland curriculum. Varied in form, ranging from everyday texts, such as advertisements and signs, to high quality literary passages. 25 Slide 26 From the Reading Curriculum Read, explore, understand and make use of a range of a wide range of traditional and digital texts. Use a range of reading and comprehension strategies and skills for different purposes. Locate, select and use texts and sources for a particular task. Understand how texts are structured and identify features of written language. Use evidence from the text, and in key stage 2, inference and deduction. 26 Slide 27 NILA assessment of Reading Focuses on understanding explicit and implicit meanings and how texts are organised. The questions relate to these strands: Understanding information and ideas; Finding and using information; Understanding different types of texts: Responding to different layers of meaning. 27 Slide 28 Question focus Reading: understanding information and ideas 28 Slide 29 Question focus Reading: finding and using information 29 Slide 30 Question focus Reading: understanding forms and features of texts 30 Slide 31 Question focus Reading: making deductions and understanding implicit meanings 31 Slide 32 F