Adapted Digital Assessments

 

Who can use digital papers and assessments?

Pupils who are placed at a 'substantial disadvantage' with the usual 'published assessment arrangements'.

They are for learners who:

  • have difficulty with reading ordinary exam papers,
  • and/or with writing or recording responses.

For these pupils, the school can apply to SQA (and from 2014, most GCSE awarding bodies) to use 'Assessment Arrangements' for disabled candidates and/or those identified as having ASN.

A key part of this is ensuring schools and SQA meet their duties under the equality act 2010.

How many pupils are using them?

In 2019, there were:

In 2018, 59% of state schools in Scotland requested digital papers from SQA.

In 2018-19, Digital Question Papers were the most common type of modified papers requested from GCSE awarding boards.

What do digital papers look like?

There are 2 types of digital paper:

  • 'Question and answer' digital papers
  • 'Question only' digital papers
  • 'Question and answer' papers
    PDF file with answer boxes  in the paper itself for candidates to type their answers on screen.
  • 'Question only' papers
    Supplied with 'Digital Answer Booklets' for candidates to type their answers into a separate file.

 

Can I use Digital Papers in assessments in 2021?

Examinations in 2021 are cancelled due to Covid-19 and awards will be based on teacher and lecturer judgement supported by quality assurance. Teachers can use papers provided by SQA and/or create their own assessments to gather evidence of attainment. We are writing a series of blog posts on the use of technology for such assessments:

Technology-based Assessment Arrangements for SQA 2020-21 Assessments. 14/12/20
All National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessments are now going to be assessed by schools and centres internally. What does this involve for learners with disabilities or additional support needs who use technology to access learning?

Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - Internet Security. 14/12/20. How can we manage and administer digital assessments for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher in 2021? Can we use cloud-based tools such as OneDrive or Google Classroom?

Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - Which Digital Formats? 15/12/20.
Which digital formats should we use for our internal National 5, Higher and Advanced higher assessments?

Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - Speech to Text Alternatives to Scribes. 16/12/20.
Modern digital devices all offer free, built-in speech-to-text or computer dictation tools. Can learners with disabilities or additional support needs use these tools for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessments?

Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - Digital Assessments Must be Accessible. 7/1/21.
Digital Assessments must be accessible to all learners including students with disabilities or additional support needs. In this blog we explore what this means and how to create accessible assessments.‚Äč

Technology-based Assessment Arrangements - SQA Digital Exams on iPad. 13/1/21.
With the latest version of Books on the iPad you can type into answer boxes on SQA Digital Question Papers. Find out how in this blog.

 

 

 

How easy are they to implement?

  • 1. The school requests digital papers from SQA using the online Assessment Arrangements Request (AAR) system.
  • 2. SQA sends the digital papers on CD some weeks in advance of the day of the exam or makes the files available for secure download.
  • 3. On the day of the exam, school staff load the the digital papers (and answer booklets, if required) on to:
  • A Windows computer with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a text reader;
  • or an iPad (various apps);
  • or a Chromebook - we are still researching which apps and extensions are best to use.
  • 4. Completed digital papers and answer booklets are printed off and sent to the SQA to be marked.