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									   2012 Computer-Based
       Assessments

Teacher Training for the March Trial
           February / March 2012
        Overview of the Day


 9.30   Registration
 9.45   Setting the context and administration of trial
10.30   NINA / NILA Assessment Overview
11.00   Comfort Break
11.15   Practical Session
12.30   Lunch
 1.30   NINA / NILA Assessment Overview
 2.00   Practical Session
 3.30   Evaluation & Close



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                   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.


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                   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




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           Focus on Raising Standards




“The use of data from computer-based assessments remains a
  key aspect of the Department’s school improvement policy”

                 Paragraph 3 – DE Letter to Principals Nov 2011
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                       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.uk



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Computer-Based Assessments




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                    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 year’s
  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.


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                    Key Dates

January 2012      Small observation trial

March 2012        Trial with 200 school

May 2012          Principals’ Information Seminars

May 2012          Quality assurance process

May – Sept        Online Teacher Training

Autumn 2012       Use of NILA / NINA in schools

2013/14 onwards   Ongoing training support (principals, teachers,
                  assessment coordinators, classroom
                  assistants etc.)
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                  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.




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             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 22nd/23rd March
2012

Scale of the trial: 200 schools, 400 teachers, 10,000 pupils carrying out
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both assessments in a range of school environments.
           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.




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                   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.

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               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; and

• 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.




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Shortcuts on your Desktop




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               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 firmly—also ensuring the sound is not set
    too loud.
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                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.
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              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
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               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.

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                    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.




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            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.uk

• CCEA Assessment Operations Team Helpdesk: 028 9026 1274.



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                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.

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Introduction to the Literacy
        Assessment

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                 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.



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             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.



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           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.
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                 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.




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    Question focus – Reading:
understanding information and ideas




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Question focus – Reading: finding
     and using information




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Question focus – Reading: understanding
    forms and features of texts




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  Question focus – Reading: making
deductions and understanding implicit
              meanings




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               From the Writing Curriculum …


In the context of learning to write for a range of purposes in different
forms …

• Use a variety of skills to spell words correctly.

• Develop increasing competence in the use of grammar and
  punctuation to create clarity of meaning.




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             NILA assessment of Writing


Focuses on technical accuracy in punctuation, spelling and grammar.

The questions are related to these strands:

• punctuation;
• spelling; and
• Grammar.




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Question focus – Writing: punctuation




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Question focus - Writing: spelling




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Question focus - Writing: grammar




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            From the Listening Curriculum …
              (within Talking and Listening)


• Listen and respond to a range of fiction, poetry, drama and media
  texts.

• Respond to guidance, directions and instructions.

• Respond to ideas and points of view, using evidence.




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            NILA assessment of Listening


Involves listening to and understanding information and ideas that
pupils hear.

The questions focus on a range of skills such as:

• retrieving;
• summarising; and
• inferring meanings.




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Question focus - Listening




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                    Diagnostic Feedback


Please note that:

• the information gained will complement teachers’ own
  assessments in the classroom; and

• feedback will relate to the 8 strands of the literacy assessment,
  suggesting strengths and areas for development.




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                  Diagnostic Feedback
Feedback will relate to these 8 strands of the literacy assessment:

•   understanding information and ideas;
•   finding and using information;
•   understanding form and features of texts;
•   making deductions and understanding implicit meanings;
•   punctuation;
•   spelling;
•   grammar; and
•   listening to and understanding information and ideas.




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                       Question Types

Question Types

What the children have to do to answer:

      •   Click one
      •   Click multiple
      •   Cloze
      •   Drag into order
      •   Drag to box
      •   Drag punctuation
      •   Match
      •   Select word

This means looking at the instruction and also at how the mouse
is controlled to make the right selection of answer.
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                     Question types

Pupils should:

• use the practice assessment to familiarise themselves with
  the question types and techniques – as well as getting a ‘feel’
  for the assessment;

• be encouraged to concentrate, think before ‘clicking’ on an
  answer and to try and do their best; and

• not spend too long on one question as there are probably more
  to do – encourage them to make a thoughtful decision and
  move on.



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Question types – Click one




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Question type – Click multiple




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Question type - Cloze




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Question type – Drag into order
          (sequence)




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Question type – Drag to box




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Question type – Drag punctuation




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Question type - Match




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Question type – Select word




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Introduction to the Numeracy
         Assessment
               The Numeracy Assessment

• Samples the key concepts of Numeracy through two
  assessments/strands:

     Strand 1 Understanding & Using Number
     Strand 2: Shape & Space, Measures; Handling Data

• Each strand will be assessed using an adaptive approach to
  assessment.

• Assessment for each strand will take approximately 30 minutes.

• Assessment will include a variety of interactive questions and a
  range of response techniques.
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                 Strands and Objectives

Strand 1 includes:

•   Counting & Understanding Number;
•   Facts and Mental Calculations;
•   Operations with Whole Numbers, Integers and Decimals;
•   Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion; and
•   Problems – including Money, Function Machines & Algebra.


Strand 2 includes:

•    Shape & Space;
•    Measures; and
•    Handling Data.


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            Counting & Understanding Number




From Year 3 curriculum – Order 2-digit numbers. Know where a number
should lie on a number track, number line, 50 array or 100 square.
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                Number Facts, including
                  Mental Calculations




From Year 5 curriculum - Use knowledge of addition and subtraction facts
and place value to derive sums and differences of pairs of multiples of 10,
100 or 1000.                                                              56
            Operations with Whole Numbers,
                  Integers & Decimals




From Year 6 curriculum - Exact division of whole numbers and decimals
to 2DP by a single digit.
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             Fractions, Decimals & Percentages




From Year 4 curriculum - Understand and identify fractions of shapes;
use diagrams to compare fractions and establish equivalents.
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                           Problems




From Year 7 curriculum - Understand that a letter can represent
an unknown number.
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                         Shape & Space




From Year 5 curriculum - Identify and draw lines of symmetry in shapes.
Given a mirror line, show a shape's reflection.
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                            Measures




From Year 4 curriculum - Read the time on analogue clocks - including
hour, half and quarter hour intervals.
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                   Handling Data




From Year 2 curriculum - Sort objects into groups using one
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Admin / Teacher Section




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2 Assessments (Numeracy)




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Reports Section




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Pupil Objectives Report




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Pupil Diagnostic Report




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Numeracy Practice Area




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          Question Type - Input Text




Instructions:
Type your answer in the box provided.
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                     Question Type - Click to
                       Highlight an Object




Instructions:
Click on an object to highlight it.
To remove the highlight, click on the object or on another object.
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                    Question Type - Click to
                      Highlight Objects




Instructions:
Click on the objects you want to highlight.
Click on an object to remove the highlight.
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                   Question Type - Click to Drag
                       and Place an Object




Instructions:
Click on the object and hold down the left mouse button to drag it.
Release this mouse button to place it. The object should snap into place.
If an object is placed in an incorrect box, the pupil can drag the object out of that box.

NB: Avoid holding down the right mouse button or the scroll button, as doing so can
prevent the object from snapping into the correct place.                                     72
              Question Type – Click to Add;
                 Ctrl/Click to Remove




Before beads have been added.      After beads have been added.

Instructions:
Click to add an object.
To remove the object, hold down the Ctrl button and Click on the
object.                                                            73
              Question Type - Click to Match




Instructions:
Click on the first object you want to highlight.
Click on the second object to match it to the first object.
To remove the highlight, select the line joining the 2 objects. The line’s
colour will change to red and scissors will appear. Use Ctrl-Click to remove
the match.                                                                 74
            Question Type - Click and Drag to
                        Stretch




Instructions:
Click on the object, and hold down the mouse button.
When you see the mouse pointer as a closed hand, drag to stretch the
object.                                                            75
Release the mouse button at your chosen length.
                    Question Type – Mental
                        calculation (i)




Instructions:
Click on the START button. The question will appear.
You are given a number of seconds to answer.
There is no need to click on Submit. After the given time, the answer
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(even if blank) will be submitted.
                       Question Type – Mental
                          Calculation (ii)




Instructions:
There is no need to click on Submit.
After the given time, the answer (even if blank) will be submitted.
However, the pupil can Submit the answer before the time is up.
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              Question Type – Click and Turn




Instructions:
Click on the object to be turned.
If rotation arrow symbols appear, hold down the mouse button and turn the
object.
If there are not, hold down the Shift button ↑ while turning with the mouse.
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             Question Type - Click to Colour




Instructions:
There are two ways to colour an area.

1. Click on the area to colour it.
2. Click again on the area to remove the colour.
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             Question Type - Click to Colour
                        (cont)




Instructions (Second way to colour an area):
Hold down the mouse button and drag over areas to be coloured.
Press the Ctrl key while dragging with the mouse to remove the colour.
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                Question Type – Drop-down Menu




Instructions:
Click on the arrow. The menu will appear.
Click on your chosen answer.

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                       Question Type – Calculator




Instructions:
Click on the calculator icon. The calculator will appear.
You may want to move the calculator. Hold down the mouse button and drag
to move it.
Click on the on screen calculator buttons.
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NB: Remember to type your answer in the Answer Box.
           Question Type – Enter a Fraction

                                   A mixed number contains 3 parts - the whole
                                   number, the numerator and the denominator.




Instructions:
A line separates the numerator from the denominator.
Type the numerator above the line and the denominator below the line.

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                Question Type – Click and Draw




Instructions:
Click on your starting point. An ‘x’ will appear.
Click on your finishing point, and a line is drawn between the two points.
To remove a line, hold down the Ctrl key and position the mouse over the line to be
removed.
The line is highlighted in red and the mouse pointer appears as a pair of scissors.
Click to remove the line.
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               Question Type – Enter a Decimal




Instructions:
When entering a decimal number, do not put spaces on either side of the
decimal point.
For numbers less than one, make sure you have a zero before the
decimal point.                                                        85
         Question Type – Enter a Negative
                    Number




Instructions:
Type the minus sign followed by the number.

NB: Do not put a space between the minus sign and the number.
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             Question Type – Drag and Rotate




Instructions:
Click on the object to be moved. A hand will appear.
Hold down the mouse button and drag the object.
Hold down the shift button and the mouse button and rotate the object.
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Practical Session




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