Many school testing programs use a form of tailored testing; for example, the Progressive Achievement Test in Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Spelling, which uses adaptive testing to match questions to each student’s level of achievement.
Most recently, ACARA has trialled tailored testing in more than 250 schools across Australia, using the actual test platform and real NAPLAN items, looking at both student performance during the test and the impact on the cognitive engagement and behaviour of students. More than 2,500 students in Years 3 and 5, and 1,500 students in Years 7 and 9 participated in the trials.
ACARA’s research found that most students completed the test feeling positive and motivated to do their best and the test results were more useful in supporting the next stage of their learning.
Read our Tailored testing fact sheet (PDF 228 kb).