NAPLAN will soon be moved completely online.
NAPLAN will soon be moved completely online. Brenda Strong

NAPLAN testing will move online

PENCIL and pen NAPLAN testing will soon be rubbed out.

A report, released on Wednesday, found moving the controversial examinations online is viable.

The National Assessment and Surveys Online Program Tailored Test Design 2013 Study said the internet was the way of the future for the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy tests.

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority also looked at how digital technology could improve and broaden the assessments.

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 complete the numeracy and reading tests each year.

The exams have been a source of angst for parents since their introduction in 2008.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne said internet-based testing was inevitable.

"This report clearly shows the benefits of a more tailored online program for student assessment," Mr Pyne said.

"That's why the Australian government is committed to moving NAPLAN from a pencil-and-paper based test to a computer-based assessment and is working closely with the states and territories and the non-government sector."

More than 2500 students from 250 schools took part in online numeracy and reading tests for the study.

They reported feeling positive during the study, ACARA said.


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