"This month, we have released two pieces of research to support the move to NAPLAN online.The first was preliminary findings from a device mode effect study (final report to be released in January 2016), which involved more than 3,500 students from Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across 72 schools around the country. This study found that NAPLAN online is capable of being taken on a range of devices (laptops and tablets), with no consistent device effect across content domains, item types and year levels.
The study also found that an external keyboard is not required for those students undertaking NAPLAN online on a tablet device.
The second piece of research (released today) provides additional evidence that automated essay scoring is a viable solution for marking NAPLAN writing tasks. Four separate and experienced vendors with different automated essay scoring systems were trained to mark NAPLAN writing tasks and were all able to mark the essays as well as the human markers.
Visit the ACARA website to read more on the research."