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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin

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Latest News 

8th October 2016: Release notes for the Assessment Tool: enhancements

The assessment tool team has recently released a series of updates which enahnce the functionality of the tool. The release includes performance enhancements that further improve the generation of the Latest Learner results and Gain reports. One of those enhancements was a change to the display of the reports; those that returned data for more than 100 learners no longer displayed individual learner data on the report page (that data is still available on the CSV and PDF downloads). This small change allows large reports to run more quickly. Other enhancements include the provision of screen feedback while reports are generating; the ability to add one group to another group; and the ability to search for a learner on the learner page, and from there add that learner to a pre-existing assessment. 

You can donwload the release notes here: Assessment Tool Enhancements - 8th October 2016

 

29th March 2016: Starting Points assessments - notes on reporting

As a result of the introduction of the Starting Points assessments, changes have been made to a number of extract reports (latest learner scale score, highest learner scale score, all learner assessment results, all assessment results, and gain). These changes will affect organisations who interact with the tool via automated features. For support, please contact the Assessment Tool Service desk assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz

14th March 2016: The Starting Points Reading assessment option is now live!

Starting Points Reading is one of two online, adaptive assessment options designed for learners who are at or below koru/step one of the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy.

To complete Starting Points Reading a learner must understand a range of spoken and written English, including basic questions and directions. Therefore this option is not suitable for ESOL learners who are at very early stages of learning English.

Starting Points Reading is suitable for learners who are at foundation stages of learning to read. These include both English language learners (ESOL) and learners who have grown up in Aotearoa/New Zealand and have English as their first language. Some of these learners are likely to have reading and/or other learning differences. This option is based on the Starting Points Assessment Guide, and focuses on reading.

Starting Points Reading has been released under trial status. It includes both new item content and a new framework informed by existing Starting Points resources and extensive sector piloting. Because of this, items have a provisional difficulty rating. Once trial data is collected we will update items with their final values and finalise the reporting framework.

The web address for the Starting Points assessment homepage is  https://assess.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/StartingPointsLogin.aspx

A copy of the release document, including instructions on how to use the Starting Points reading assessment option, can be found here: 

http://www.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/public/files/14875076/Starting+Points+Reading.pdf

If you have any questions about the Starting Points Listening assessment please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz

 

24th January 2016: The Starting Points Listening assessment option is now live!

1) Starting Points Listening assesses a learner’s ability to understand basic, everyday words in spoken English. The main focus is listening. It is suitable only for beginning English language learners (ESOL), particularly those new to Aotearoa New Zealand. 


2) Starting Points Listening assessments are available online only. They are designed to be completed in a supported, one-to-one situation, ideally using a tablet, although the assessments can be completed on a desktop or laptop computer and could be completed independently by more confident learners.


3) The web address for the Starting Points assessment homepage is  https://assess.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/StartingPointsLogin.aspx


4) Starting Points assessments are created via the link on the Home and Assessments tabs.


5) Starting Points Listening assessments have a new ‘Discontinued’ feature that will end the assessment after seven incorrect or skipped questions.


6) Starting Points Listening assessments allow the learner to advance without answering a question. The response is treated as incorrect but reported as ‘not answered’ to differentiate it from genuine incorrect responses.

7) The release document for Starting Points listening, including instructions on hwo to use the assessment option, is availabe here: 

http://www.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/public/files/14875075/Introducing+Starting+Points+listening.pdf

If you have any questions about the Starting Points Listening assessment please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz

 

Christmas and New Year service desk shut down

The assessment tool service desk will close from midday 24th December and re-open on the 5th of December. Tanya, Alice and Ben wish you a happy holiday season.

 

July 2015: The Te Ata Hāpara Māori assessment option is now live!

Te Ata Hāpara reading assessment options are now available in the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool site. The Te Ata Hāpara reading assessment trial is now underway. We would appreciate your assistance in trialling these new Te Ata Hāpara reading assessment options with your learners.

The trial period will operate from July until late 2015.

1) Te Ata Hāpara reading assessments are an addition to existing reading assessment choices. Educators and Organisation Administrators have full access to these new assessment options.

2) The web address for the Te Ata Hāpara reading assessment homepage is: https://assess.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/maoriLogin.aspx

3) The trial period will enable us to collect data on the performance of new items in the Te Ata Hāpara reading assessments.

4) While currently in trial status, Te Ata Hāpara reading assessments count toward TEC guidelines for Assessment Tool practice.

5) The Te Ata Hāpara reading assessments have been developed to improve engagement for Māori learners. Outside of TEC Assessment Tool usage guidelines there are no restrictions on who can use the Te Ata Hāpara reading assessments.

Te Ata Hāpara FAQ (pdf)

Te Ata Hāpara release notes (pdf)

If you have any questions about any of the content included in the Te Ata Hāpara reading assessment please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz

 

June 2014: A new release was deployed to the Assessment Tool on Sunday 14th June 2015. See below for details on the new functionality:

1. This release sees the addition of a new learner-focused homepage for Adult Assessment options. 

IMPORTANT: Educators and Organisation Administrators will continue to use the current homepage to login via the ESAA link. Work is underway to revamp this page and the new design will be released later in 2015.

2. The new Adult homepage design continues throughout the Adult Assessment options. When sitting an online assessment the 'Submit>' button has been moved from the lower right-hand side of the screen to the top right-hand side of the screen. 

3. With new audience specific assessment options being developed there are several homepages learners might encounter. Upon entering their assessment code learners will automatically be redirected to the relevant assessment homepage. As of this release Adult or Youth homepages will be available. Te Ata Hāpara and Starting Points homepages will be released later in 2015.

If a learner has been redirected to a different homepage the screen now displays a "Get Started>" button rather than requiring the learner to re-enter their code. 

4. With the new assessment audience options being added in 2015 there are new filter options available in the Assessments Tab. These audience filters have been updated in anticipation of the release of Te Ata Hāpara reading and Starting Points reading and vocabulary options later in 2015.  Please note that the audience tag for the Te Ata Hāpara reading option is 'Māori' while 'Starting Points' has been abbreviated to 'Starting'. 
 

5. We are pleased to announce the addition of a link to Pathways Awarua in individual 'End of Assessment' reports. The message (see screenshot below) will appear immediately above the report graphic when certain condiitons are met.

This text and the website link will support learners in accessing free online content at Pathways Awarua to improve their reading, writing and numeracy. Pathways Awarua content is based on the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Progressions and is a great resource for both learners and Educators.

If you have any questions about any of the content included in the June 2015 release please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz

 

December 2014: A new release was deployed to the Assessment Tool on Sunday 15th December 2014. See below for details on the new functionality;

1. All paper-based assessments now last for 16 weeks rather than 8 weeks. This applies to paper-based assessment options for Reading, Numeracy and Writing. This change has been made to offer organisations more flexibility when administering paper-based assessments and reduce requests to un-retire assessments.

2. Addition of the 'Highest Learner Scale Scores' report (Organisation Administrator only). This report is available in the Learners Tab and sits immediately below the 'Latest Learner Scale Scores' report. This report will display the highest scores for the selected learners across the four assessment areas (Reading, Numeracy, Writing and Vocab). This report has been added to improve access to existing assessment data and reduce over-assessment where learners may have already reached Step 4+ in Reading or Step 5+ in Numeracy.

If you have any questions about these new features please contact us at the Service Desk - assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz

 

November 2014: Youth Assessment Trial completed

The Youth assessments trial has concluded. Data gathered through the trial period enabled youth items to be assigned their final difficulty ratings. We would like to thank the organisations that assisted with this work. We would also remind organisations that learners of any age can use the Youth Assessment options.

 

August 2014: Development of Reading and Vocabularly Assessments for low-level ESOL/literacy learners: Update

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has asked the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to develop Reading and Vocabularly assessment options for low-level ESOL/literacy learners. Consultation work has been ongoing throughout 2014 and we are now developing the assessment framework and item content. Trialling of items will begin in mid-2015 with the new assessment options to be available in late 2015.

If you have any questions about the development of these new assessment options please contact us at the Service Desk and we can connect you with the NZCER development team.

 

August 2014: Development of Reading Assessments for Māori learners: Update

The Tertiary Education Comission (TEC) has asked the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to develop reading assessments of English, but with a Māori perspective. Consultation work has been ongoing throughout 2014 and we are now working on new items and the assessment homepage.

NZCER is pleased to be partnering with Keith Ikin and Waitiahoaho Emery and to be supported by a sector reference group for this development. We want to design an assessment that works well for Māori learners, their kaiako and institutions. Ongoing consultation is a key aspect of this work as your views and the feedback from your tauira are important in helping us to do this. 

If you have any questions about the development of these new assessment options please contact us at the Service Desk and we can connect you with the NZCER development team.

 
 

Older News

Known banner image issue:
Upon reaching the Assessment Tool homepage you may see a 'Youth Assessment' image in the banner. This image is displayed due to the temporary files held on your internet browser. You can 'refresh' your browser or 'clear temporary files' to correct this.
 
November 2013 Assessment Tool Release:
An Assessment Tool release was deployed 24th November 2013. This release included aspects of our Youth Assessment development work that which became fully available mid 2014.
 
New 'Audience' field information:
Educators and Organisation Administrators may also note that an 'Audience' field has been inserted in the Assessments Tab. This is in anticipation of the release of Youth Assessment functionality. This information is also included in various assessment reports. It will ensure that Learners and users can identify audience details for an assessment at a glance.
 
Internet Explorer 6 no longer supported:
The web browser Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) is no longer supported for use with the Assessment Tool. If you are using this browser please upgrade to a more recent version of Internet Explorer or download Firefox or Chrome. 
 
If you have any questions please contact us at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz.
 

Enhancements

The Global Unlock feature was released 24th February 2014. Please see our Assessment Tool Global Unlock document for more information on this feature. Please note that TEC requires organisations to complete an updated Acceptable Use Agreement as part of this work. If you are unsure whether your organisation has returned an updated agreement form please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk.

The Gain Report was made available to organisations in May 2011. Find out more.

The Snapshot Assessment was made available to organisations on February 7th, 2011. Find out more.

The Vocabulary Assessment was made available to organisations on November 15th, 2010. Find out more.

For full Release Notes see below:

Assessment Tool enhancements - July 2012 (PDF, 375 kB)

Assessment Tool enhancements - March 2012 (PDF, 194 kB)

Assessment Tool enhancements - August 2011 (PDF, 945 kB)

Assessment Tool enhancements - July 2011 (PDF, 673 kB)

Assessment Tool enhancements - May/June 2011 (PDF, 320 kB)

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