NAPLAN Online Practice Test fails, students and staff left frustrated

Teachers across Australia expressed concern after yesterday’s co-ordinated NAPLAN Online Practice Test failed to work on many student computers.

The new online system is being tested across the country between the 25 March and the 26 April before the annual test in May, although, some schools will continue to use pen and paper.

Students and staff frustrated after practice test fail

Ararat College’s Year Seven and Nine students participated in the test but eventually had to abandon the attempt due to the systems glitch stopping many students from accessing the program.

“Some schools attempting the practice test yesterday morning had issues with the connection between the lock-down browser and the platform. The issue was resolved within an hour,” a statement reads on the ACARA website.

“The issue was not a failure of the NAPLAN online platform and many schools were unaffected by the issue, with over 95,000 students completing the practice testing.”

The NAPLAN Online test is being introduced to ‘provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information,’ the National Assessment Program website reads.

‘NAPLAN Online features ‘tailored testing’ which gives students questions that are more suited to their ability – resulting in better assessment and more precise results.’

‘Significant planning, development, research and trialing has been carried out to make sure we are all ready to move NAPLAN online.’

Many students were left staring at blank screens instead of test questions

Many teachers are anxious about the new online system, speaking about the possibility of a census-like crash.

Teachers were reminded of the state’s attempt to institute the Ultranet.

In 2010 Victoria’s state school students were given the day off so their teachers could be trained in the use of the Ultranet, a $77 million online network that would give parent’s access to their children’s homework, lessons, and attendance.

Many of the states 42,000 teachers and principals abandoned the training and went home following the ‘massive fail.’

During yesterday’s test run at Ararat College only 16% of Year Seven’s were able to log on, with the percentage even lower in Year Nine, at 10%.

The school is planning to resit the co-ordinated practice test at the start of next term now that the issue has been resolved.