Digital Trials and Pilots evaluation released

3 Jul 2018

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has today released its findings from the 2017 Digital Trials and Pilots evaluation.

The findings show that close to 100 percent of students who responded to a survey about taking part in the Pilot preferred doing an online examination rather than written examinations.

Deputy Chief Executive for Digital Assessment Transformation Andrea Gray said students were using digital devices in everyday life, so it was not surprising that many preferred online examinations.

“For students, markers and schools it makes sense to have exams available digitally. The findings are positive, marking is easier, and students find going online easier.”

NZQA is working towards having all NCEA examinations available online by 2020.

Between the 2016 and 2017 NCEA Trials and Pilots NZQA has seen significant improvements in satisfaction levels in the delivery and marking of online examinations. In 2016, 71 percent of markers who responded to a post-Pilot survey were satisfied with their experience, but by 2017 that had increased to 94 percent.

“As well as the number of students and markers saying they preferred online examinations, the number of schools signing up to take part in the Trials and Pilots has also significantly increased.”

In 2017, 6199 students from 97 schools participated in at least one of the Digital Trial examinations, while 4,226 students from 54 schools participated in at least one of the Digital Pilot examinations.

This is up from 60 schools that participated in at least one of the Digital Trial examinations and 46 schools that took part in at least one Digital Pilot in 2016.

The results of the 2017 findings will be used by NZQA to continue making adjustments and improvements in order to move forward with online examinations.

On Friday, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced that the Government was investing $8 million into the NCEA Online project, so that NZQA can build the examination system that schools will experience.

“NZQA is preparing for the future world where digital engagement is the norm, so having examinations online is definitely the way forward,” says Ms Gray.

Please find a copy of the report here.


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