Literacy and Numeracy unit standards – online assessment

Pilot Update

The Pilot of the Literacy and Numeracy Digital Evidence Tool (LiNDET) is now closed.

Learner results based on assessment evidence from the Pilot can be reported against version 4 of the relevant standard. This applies whether the evidence comes only from the tool or is also supported by naturally occurring evidence. If assessment evidence is entirely naturally occurring, results may be reported against version 3 or version 4 of the relevant standard.

As per normal processes for National External Moderation, learner samples will need to be kept, including digital tool learner result reports.  Any learner samples provided to NZQA for the Pilot were for evaluation of the Pilot only.

Information about the outcomes of the evaluation of the Pilot will be available on the website soon.

Project background

In May 2016, NZQA contracted the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to support the Trial and Pilot of online assessment towards unit standards 26623 Use number to solve problems; and 26624 Read texts with understanding.

This Trial and Pilot enabled learners to undertake an online assessment (LiNDET) that provided evidence for these standards using Computer Adaptive Testing. This means that the assessment adapts to the ability level of the student completing it, and assesses them accordingly against the approved benchmarking programmed within the platform.

In August 2016, NZQA sought expressions of interest from education organisations with Consent to Assess in being involved in a Trial and Pilot of the online assessment.

The online assessment tool was Trialled 10 – 24 October 2016. The Trial tested and calibrated items in the tool. The evidence generated from the Trial could not be used to award the unit standards.

NZQA then ran a Pilot 23 April – 5 May 2017 to explore the effectiveness of gathering evidence for standards via an online assessment tool. The results from the Pilot were provided to teachers (in a marking capacity) who used the evidence to decide whether the student had “achieved” or “not achieved” the standard. If successful, learners could gain credits towards the unit standards option for meeting the Literacy and Numeracy requirement of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Contact information

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Page last updated 18 August 2017

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