Schools across Australia are moving from paper-based NAPLAN assessments to computer-based tests over the next three years.
In Victoria, that means more than 2000 schools with students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will need to implement and support new methods of test taking.
This important initiative will affect families and more than 280,000 children across the state each year. It requires significant commitment and input from schools, and training to support them to effectively run the test in the new online environment.
In Victoria, 1000 schools will transition to online assessments from May 2019. Understanding the online platform and learning how to effectively prepare for and implement the change are priority training needs.
Swinburne Professional, with its flexible workforce and industry-leading training expertise, has partnered with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to deliver this specialist training – with more than 200 sessions taking place across the state over the next 3.5 weeks.
Ready, set, go
Starting 23 July, Swinburne Professional workplace facilitators will put test coordinators and principals from 1,000 Victorian schools through their NAPLAN online paces.
The Swinburne division tailors and accelerates learning programs for professional individuals and organisations.
As part of a contract to support the change, Swinburne Professional will call on its flexible network of over 105 qualified, experienced and industry leading workplace facilitators to deliver 214 NAPLAN workshops across the state.
Leading this major undertaking is Swinburne Professional Senior Consultant Sarah Weiss, who says the team’s unique approach to problem solving sets them apart.
“The sheer number of industry-based facilitators in our network gives us an edge that doesn’t exist within other university environments,” says Ms Weiss.
“Our facilitators are familiar with the consulting environment as they train leaders in other organisations, ensuring a quality training experience.
“But what really distinguishes us is thinking differently. We’re not just tailoring training, we’re tailoring our entire agile workforce to industry needs.”
An agile approach to professional education
For Swinburne Professional, the NAPLAN online project is an exciting project to be involved in and showcases their flexibility and expertise.
Rob Chetwynd, Director Swinburne Professional, believes this combination of flexibility and expertise supports innovation for the benefit of the team and their industry and government clients.
“Swinburne Professional combines the smarts of a university and the agility of a consultancy,” says Mr Chetwynd.
“Business is changing and growing fast, and we adapt to enhance the capability of future-ready workplaces. Swinburne has a powerful brand and reputation for excellence, which we combine with our workplace and professional development training.
“We’re at the forefront of change, able to research, predict and guide industry and practising professionals as we move forward. We draw on our experience and bring scalable, professional and agile expertise and teams to meet these challenges.”
NAPLAN is the annual National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy test for mandated by the Federal Government for all students in Years 3, 5 7 and 9.
View further details of the online program, including FAQs and a sample of NAPLAN online.