Glossary

ACARA

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the national curriculum for Foundation to Year 12, and the national assessment program aligned to the national curriculum that measures students’ progress.

Capacity Planning Tool

The Capacity Planning Tool assists all schools to plan their technical and scheduling readiness.

Curriculum into the classroom (C2C)

A comprehensive set of whole-school and classroom planning materials for single and multi-level classes, students with disability and students who study through the schools of distance education.

CyberQuest

Involves Cy the dragon (a digital character) inviting students to undertake a curriculum challenge involving ICT. Students respond to the challenges via a secure blog within the Learning Place.

Digital capability

The knowledge, skills and behaviours to use ICT appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and beyond school.

ESA

Education Services Australia (ESA) is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers. The company was established to support delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and higher education sectors. Education Services Australia is responsible for the development and implementation of the online national assessment platform and supporting systems.

ICT skills

The skills required to undertake online assessment. ICT skills are aligned with the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities - Information and Communication Technology Capability.​

Locked down browser

The locked down browser puts the computer/device into “Kiosk” mode which limits its functionality to one activity. It will enable the student to connect to the NAPLAN Online tests while disabling all other features/resources on the device. When it is exited, the computer/device will return to its normal state.

NAPLAN coordinator

The NAPLAN coordinator is a staff member who is delegated by the principal to coordinate and manage the tests within the school. The delegate should not be a teacher of a class taking the test unless there are special circumstances (such as small schools) where this is unavoidable.

NAPLAN Online

NAPLAN Online is the term given to the delivery of NAPLAN tests in an online format.

National assessment platform

Students access the test questions via a locked down browser that opens the national assessment platform. Principals, NAPLAN coordinators, test administrators and technical support officers each have a unique dashboard on the platform to help them monitor, manage and administer the tests (depending on their role).

Network space

An online environment created for the purpose of bringing together a professional learning community to share, learn and collaborate.

QCAA

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is a statutory body of the Queensland Government. They provide Kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses, guidelines, assessment, reporting, testing and certification services for Queensland schools.

RAPs

A RAP is a collaborative learning model using higher-order thinking questions to engage students in a deep understanding around literacy and numeracy or a reading text.

Technical Readiness Tool

A scheduling tool for state schools that semi-automates the process of ensuring all the tests are undertaken in the right order, catering for each school’s particular context. The tool is additional to the Capacity Planning Tool, which all schools throughout Australia are invited to use.

Test administrators

Teachers, school staff members and NAPLAN coordinators involved in delivering (administering) NAPLAN tests to students.

Last updated 21 April 2020