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ERIC Number: EJ974980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Time Limitations in NAPLAN Numeracy Tests
Carter, Merilyn
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v68 n1 p36-40 2012
Is the time allowed for National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) numeracy tests sufficient? Is there any evidence that students run out of time and, if so, what are the implications for teachers who prepare students for NAPLAN numeracy tests? In each of the 2010 Years 7 and 9 numeracy tests students were required to complete 32 test items in 40 minutes, an average of 75 seconds per question. Norton (2009, p. 28) noted that time limitations were an issue in the 2008 Year 9 NAPLAN numeracy tests, but did not seek to examine their effect. In this paper, the author analyses the available quantitative student test response data to examine whether there is evidence of a timing issue for students. There are indications that some students may not have had sufficient time to show what they could do in the 2010 Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN numeracy tests. Despite limitations of the lack of data available to this study, there is enough evidence to alert all schools that lack of time in Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN numeracy tests could be a concern for some students. (Contains 2 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia