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FAQ - e-asTTle writing tool (revised)

The following questions and answers are specifically related to the e-asTTle writing tool (revised). This page will be updated regularly as new questions arise.

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When will the new writing tool be available?

The tool will be available for use from the beginning of Term 2, 2012.

Will I be able to access test data from the previous tool once the new tool is implemented?

Yes. All test data from the previous version of e-asTTle writing will be available. However, due to the change in rubric, measurement scale and prompts, you will not be able to directly compare scores on the new version of e-asTTle with scores on the previous versions. The Ministry will provide information to assist in score comparisons.

Can you please let me know how the new rubric fits with the previous rubrics - that is, does it now replace them?

Yes, when the revised e-asTTle writing assessment becomes available in Term 2, the new single rubric replaces the old ones.

For which year levels can I use the new e-asTTle writing tool?

e-asTTle writing is now available for years 1-10. However, teachers should test younger students using e-asTTle writing only if they can communicate at least one or two simple ideas in writing without teacher assistance. For students unable to do this, another assessment tool should be used. It would be invalid for teachers to make a transcription of students’ writing and then use the rubric to assess that transcription.

Is there a site I can go to, to read up about these changes?

All information will be posted on e-asttle.tki.org.nz and assessment.tki.org.nz.

Will there still be a B, P, A reporting system at each level?

Students’ overall score on e-asTTle writing and their scores on each element of writing assessed against the rubric will still be reported using curriculum levels broken down into basic, proficient and advanced sub levels. For instance, a student’s proficiency in writing might be classed as 4B overall.