Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)
OLNA is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to successfully meet the required standard in Literacy and Numeracy. Students who have not achieved Band 8 in the year 9 component of the National Naplan are required to sit the OLNA. The assessments require students to demonstrate skills that are regarded as essential to meet the demands of daily life.
Why Subscribe to OLNAWA?
OLNAWA is a program put together to aid students who have not yet achieved the required standard in all components of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.
It is particularly relevant to ESL (English as a second language), EALD (English as an Additional Language/Dialect) and LBOTE (Language Background other than English) students.
Questions are graduated in difficulty and the language used to ask the questions is friendlier. Key words are highlighted to make answering the questions more manageable.
Road to Success
Each student’s achievement is monitored by the success in completing the practice tests. The practice tests are colour coded starting with blue (20 questions) and finishing with purple (45 questions). Each practice has extra questions that include a new area (strand) of mathematics. By the end of the program it is expected that the student will reach OLNA 5 (purple). Once this is achieved then success in the next round of the actual on line assessment is more probable. To be successful it is most important that students monitor their time. Each question should take no more than a minute to answer as too much time spent on any one question may lead to the student running out of time. The practice tests are designed to aid the participant in managing their responses so that all questions are answered in a timely manner.
What does the student know about the topic? This is a list of questions that the student attempts “cold” to give the tutor/teacher an idea of where the student is at.
Follows the background check and is given to those students who demonstrate proficiency in the skills present in the background section. The students working on the Quick check have yet to require guidance in the work to date. These questions are more wordy and make use of the skills covered in the background section of the program.
Given to those students who have not done so well on the background work. These students would have received some tutoring following the background work to sharpen their skills before working on the module and subsequently the Quick check.
Attempted once the student has satisfactorily completed the Background, Quick check and/or Module. The practice papers are designed to give the students the importance of monitoring their time. The five practice papers have time limits of 20 minutes through to 50 minutes. The final practice replicates the actual online assessment that the student will be sitting. A timer is in situ so students are able to monitor their time throughout the practice tests.
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