Monday, February 6, 2017

IMPORTANT! 2017 Year 7 and Year 9 ACARA NAPLAN Numeracy tests

In 2017, following a revision to the format of the NAPLAN Numeracy tests by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Numeracy tests will each contain a total of only 48 questions. Students will be required, as in the past, to answer both calculator and non-calculator questions that allow them to apply a broad range of numeracy skills.
The Year 3 and Year 5 paper-based tests will be similar in style and content to previous years.
As the Year 7 and Year 9 Numeracy tests will have fewer questions, students will sit one Numeracy test session instead of two. This one test session will still be split into two sections: Part A, which requires calculators, and Part B, in which students are not permitted to have calculators.
Parts A and B of the new Numeracy test will continue to be presented in a flip test book.
  • Part A (40 questions) will have the calculator component. It will make up the majority of the test questions and will cover all curriculum areas. Students will have 50 minutes to complete Part A.
  • Part B (eight questions) will have the non-calculator component, and will primarily contain questions requiring number calculations. Students will have 10 minutes to complete Part B.
While the non-calculator section of the test will be shorter, the number of questions across the entire test that require mental calculation will not change. Detailed instructions on how to administer this test session will be printed in the NAPLAN 2017 Test Administration Handbook for Teachers.
As in previous years, calculators used for the calculator-allowed section of the Numeracy test must not be multifunction or internet-accessible devices. ACARA has confirmed that tablets (including iPads) and similar devices fall into this category and their use is not permitted.
Schools must ensure that all Year 7 and Year 9 students have access to, and are familiar with, a suitable calculator for the NAPLAN Numeracy tests in May 2017.

The 2017 Kilbaha NAPLAN Trial Tests have the numeracy tests for Years 7 and 9 in the new format.

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