Online reading and numeracy tests in Wales

Online assessments that “adapt to a pupil’s abilities” will replace test papers for national reading and numeracy tests in Welsh schools.

The Welsh government said the tests taken by pupils in years 2 to 9 would be scrapped in favour of personalised online assessments that have been specifically designed for use in Wales.

It stated the assessments would automatically adjust the level of the questions to match the individual taking the test, providing an appropriate level of challenge for each learner.

It said the assessments, which are to be phased in over three years, starting from the 2018/19 academic year, would reduce marking time and administration.

The scheme would allow schools to test classes, small groups or individuals according to their facilities and at a time that works for them and their learners.
Wales’ education secretary Kirsty Williams said: “The move to online personalised assessments for reading and numeracy will benefit pupils, parents and teachers.

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