A model for the implementation of digital examinations: New Zealand’s vision for digital assessment

A model for the implementation of digital examinations: New Zealand’s vision for digital assessment

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A model for the implementation of digital examinations: New Zealand’s vision for digital assessment

In New Zealand, as in many other countries, technology has permeated all facets of lifeand the New Zealand education sector is also realising the benefits of a connectedworld. Practices such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the flipped classroom,blended learning, and other technological changes are becoming commonplace in NewZealand schools, and these are impacting on pedagogical practice. Changing practicesin teaching and learning are creating the stimulus to change national assessments tobetter reflect what is happening in schools and classrooms.The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) manages assessment for thenational senior secondary school qualification in New Zealand, the National Certificateof Educational Achievement (NCEA). The structure of the NCEA and the context inwhich it operates, present some unique challenges for NZQA as it looks to develop andimplement a digital assessment model.NZQA’,s vision is to have an assessment system that can be accessed by any learner,anywhere, anytime, online and on demand. This will present some interestingchallenges for NZQA, for the secondary education sector in New Zealand and for thewider community.In undertaking such a project, NZQA will be drawing on a wide range of research andthe experience of various educational jurisdictions. This paper outlines the challengesand issues that NZQA faces as it embarks on its journey to change the face of nationalassessment in New Zealand.Keywords: computer based examinations, standards based assessment, NCEAIntroduction

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