This document contains instructions for schools who want to access the NZCER scanning service for PAT: Mathematics, PAT: Reading (Comprehension and Vocabulary), PAT: Listening (available for tests 3 to 8), PAT: Punctuation and Grammar and Science: Thinking with Evidence.
To use the scanning service all answer sheets must be placed in batches using the updated batch header sheet for the correct test.
Please read the following instructions before batching, packaging and sending answer sheets to the NZCER Marking Service.
1. Completing the answer sheets
When completing the PAT assessments we recommend students mark their responses using blue or black pen on the answer sheets. This gives a darker, more reliable result for our scanning process to pick up the selected response for each question without having to rely on manual input. However, if pencil has been used this should be fine as long as the shading is dark enough.
Students will at times wish to change their initial response. In this situation the student simply puts a cross through the incorrect pen response and fills in another circle.
2. Preparing the answer sheets
Before batching the answer sheets please check that:
· All students have used the properly printed answer sheets for the test administered (not photocopies)
· Students have clearly shaded in their answers (not ticked, or shaded too lightly)
· There are no other markings on the answer sheet (for instance ticks)
· Student names are clearly printed on each answer sheet
If there are problems with an answer sheet the student’s responses should be transferred to a new sheet.
3. Batch header sheet
Unique batch header sheets are needed for your school to organise the answer sheets for analysis. You can access the required batch headers from the ‘Site Management’ page of the NZCER Marking website and selecting ‘Batch Header’. Please note that you will use these batch headers throughout the year. The batch header files will open with Adobe Acrobat. The Adobe Acrobat program can be freely downloaded from the internet (www.adobe.com) if it is not already installed on your computer.
1. Please check that the school details recorded on the batch header sheets are correct.
2. Print off as many batch headers as you need.
3. Ensure that each batch header matches the test sat by the students (mathematics, comprehension, vocabulary, listening, punctuation and grammar or science). It is essential that you use the relevant batch header sheet for the correct test type.
4. Usually one batch header sheet will be needed per class for each test type. However, a class will require more than one batch header sheet for the same test type if different tests have been administered to groups within a class and/or different Year levels are present in the same class. For example, a composite Year 4 and 5 class that is administered PAT: Mathematics Test 1 at the Year 4 level and PAT: Mathematics Test 2 at the Year 5 level will need two PAT: Mathematics batch headers; one for the Year 4 students and one for the Year 5 students.
5. Each batch header sheet must be placed at the top of its respective pile of student answer sheets. The answer sheets should not be stapled to the batch header. Instead, a paper clip or folded piece of paper can be used to keep the batch together.
6. The maximum size for one batch is 40 answer sheets. If a class or group size is greater than 40 then the answer sheets will need to be separated into smaller batches and a batch header sheet completed for each one. If a class or group is divided into smaller batches the class name provided should be unique for each batch, for instance, Room10A and Room10B.
4. Requesting printing
Once the data has been scanned and uploaded your school will be able to view reports on the website and print them off as required. Alternatively, NZCER can print reports for you for an additional cost (see below).
If printing is required please write “printing required” on the top batch header. NZCER will then colour-print the Individual Student Reports, Item Reports, List Reports and Year Group Reports and return these to the school. The data will also be made available on the website.
5. Packaging the answer sheets
Please make sure the answer sheets are securely packaged and have a clear return address label. Ideally, all answer sheets should be sent to us as one package. This will improve our processing and “turn around” time.
Please return all answer sheets to:
NZCER Marking Service
Level 10, Education House
178-182 Willis Street
PO Box 3237
6. Processing time
Once we receive your answer sheets you will be sent an email to confirm receipt by NZCER. If all the batch headers and answer sheets have been completed correctly we aim for a “turn around” period of approximately 5 working days from receipt of the answer sheets. However, in periods of high demand there may be delays. Term 1 and Term 4 are periods of high demand and this process can take between 7 to 10 working days.
Once the answer sheets have been scanned and the data uploaded to the NZCER Marking website (www.nzcermarking.org.nz) you will be sent an email to confirm that this is available to view.
The cost for the scanning service is $2 per answer sheet. Report printing is optional and costs 60 cents per answer sheet. An invoice will be sent to the school after the answer sheets have been processed and returned to the school.
If you have any further questions the NZCER Assessment Services team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.