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Assessment Details

e-asTTle Reading
Assessment Area English-Reading
Year level 5-10
NZ origin? Yes
Standardised? Yes
Administration to individual or group? Either , although more commonly used with groups of students. Students can sit the assessment on-line, or as a paper-based test. It should be noted that the effective running of e-asTTle is reliant on the school's ICT infrastructure. Although e-asTTle is suggested for years 5 –10, it does test against curriculum levels 2–6, so can therefore be used to assess a wider range of students.
What does it assess? Reading comprehension aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum 2007
Purpose e-asTTle is a web-based assessment tool developed from successive versions of asTTle on CD-ROM. e-asTTle allows teachers and school leaders to electronically set reading comprehension tests that are aligned to the curriculum, when they want and at the level they want; to analyse results; and to measure student progress over time. Tests can be tailored to the specific needs of the classroom. It gives teachers a rich picture of how well a student, class, or school is doing compared with national average performance and the curriculum requirements (including curriculum levels). It allows comparisons with other groupings such as gender, ethnicity, English as a second language, or 'schools like mine'.
Validity Items are tested for validity.
Reliability Not reported in the test manual.
What measures does it give? The tool provides e-asTTle reading scores and curriculum level and sub level equivalents. It provides rich interpretations and specific feedback that relate to student performance (rather than simply providing a score). It identifies areas of student weakness and strength that may otherwise go unnoticed.
How long does it take to administer? Test duration times vary between 12 to 60 minutes, and are decided upon by test creators depending on purpose.
How much training is needed? Training is needed in test creation, data base and test administration, and in report analysis. e-asTTle training is available in the form of self-paced learning modules. Check under Availability below for the link.
Scoring and data analysis Multi-choice questions are marked automatically on-line and open questions are simply scored against a mark schedule and entered on-line. Teachers are able to choose the proportion of multi-choice and open questions. A range of interactive graphic reports is generated which analyses achievement against curriculum levels, curriculum objectives and population norms. Reports are available for individual students, groups, classes and cohorts. For details of the reports available, click on Further Information at the bottom of this page.
Does it provide 'what next' strategies? Yes , e-asTTle supports teachers by giving them direction and access to extensive and relevant Internet resources (What Next on the Te Kete Ipurangi website) at the level of instruction for the students.
Is it available in te reo Maori? Yes , available as Pānui.
Cost? The use of e-asTTle is free of charge. There can be costs in paper and administration
Author, date of publication and publisher Developed by Auckaland UniServices Limited (AUL) for The Ministry of Education, 2007–2009.

The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring all schools can access e-asTTle. If your school does not already have access to e-asTTle and wants to be registered, please contact the Education Service Desk.

The e-asTTle website is updated regularly to provide the most recent information on the assessment tool, including details on e-asTTle training.

Further Information

e-asTTle generates web-based tests within parameters chosen by the teacher, including curriculum level and area. Tests assess close reading capability in the deep features of reading comprehension – audience and purpose, content and ideas, structure, and language resources; and the surface features - grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Reports are produced from each test, which cover the following:

  • Console Report – Group achievement is shown in a box and whisker graph and compared with national achievement norms.
  • Group Learning Pathways – This report identifies curriculum outcomes that groups of students have or have not achieved, and in which they have strengths or gaps.
  • Individual Learning Pathways – A report is generated for each student which shows curriculum outcomes achieved or not achieved, and strengths and gaps in learning.
  • Curriculum Level Report – Graphs show the spread of levels and sub-levels for each curriculum function, and the students who fall into each of those levels.
  • Progress Report – Student progress can be tracked over time.
  • Tabular Output – A table shows test scores and curriculum levels for each individual student, which can be downloaded as a spreadsheet for further analysis.
  • What Next Profile – This shows an average group curriculum level within each curriculum function, and enables users to access resources at each level on the asTTle What Next website.