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FAQ on changes to e-asTTle writing tool, April 2013

Here you can find questions and answers about the changes to the e-asTTle writing tool in April 2013. Changes have been made to the tool to ensure that each student performance level within e-asTTle writing aligns as accurately as possible with curriculum levels.

What has happened to the e-asTTle writing tool?

  • The Ministry of Education has reviewed the alignment of the e-asTTle writing tool results following concerns about the results it was reporting.
  • The review was done by curriculum experts, principals, teachers, professional development facilitators and researchers. The review group recommended that e-asTTle scores should be realigned to ensure greater accuracy with the curriculum level reported.
  • This work has been completed and the changes to e-asTTle writing tool curriculum levels went live as a part of the regular release on April 30, before the start of Term 2, 2013.
  • Teachers will see a change in the curriculum levels that are reported when they use the writing tool.
  • This means that students will need to achieve at a higher level on the e-asTTle scale to be judged as working within a specific curriculum level than they did previously.

Why has this change been made?

  • This change has been made to ensure that, in the e-asTTle writing tool, each student performance level aligns as accurately as possible with curriculum levels.
  • This change is in response to concerns raised by teachers during 2012 about whether the curriculum levels identified within the writing tool were accurate.
  • The change will better align the results of e-asTTle writing with what is expected within each curriculum level.

How will this impact on teachers?

  • Teachers will see a change in the indicative curriculum levels for their students when they use the writing tool.
  • This means that students will need to achieve at a higher level on the e-asTTle scale to be judged as working within a specific curriculum level than they did previously.
  • Teachers will see that student scores for writing assessments done since 2012 have been updated for each student in e-asTTle to make sure all results are comparable and to enable teachers to have the best information about student achievement in writing.
  • Teachers who have used the results from the e-asTTle writing tool as a formative assessment can decide to update these results to inform planning for next learning steps for students.
  • Teachers who have loaded e-asTTle writing scores into a Student Management System can decide to update them.
  • Teachers who have provided the e-asTTle writing score information to parents, family and whānau can decide to update the reporting.

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