What is the OLNA?
The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment—abbreviated to the OLNA—is a test students are required to complete if they have not achieved Band Eight or higher in their Year Nine NAPLAN results. There are three components to the assessment: Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Depending on their Year Nine results, a student may be required to complete one, two or three of the components. To demonstrate the required literacy and numeracy standards for graduation (attainment of the Western Australian Certificate of Education or WACE), students are required to achieve Band 8 or higher in their Year Nine NAPLAN results.
When is the OLNA?
There are two OLNA testing windows in any given academic year. Students first attempt the required assessments in Term One of Year Ten. Should they not be successful in this round, there is another opportunity in Term Three of that same year. The same testing windows occur again for students in Year Eleven and Twelve, meaning there are six opportunities in total for students to pass the OLNA prior to graduation. Upon leaving high school, individuals can complete the OLNA as an independent candidate.
How is the OLNA Structured?
Each component of the OLNA is assessed on a different day in examination conditions at school. Students may be required to complete one, two or three of the tests, depending on their Year Nine NAPLAN results. A breakdown of each assessment is outlined below:
|Number of questions||45||45||1 (600-word limit)|
|Question type||Multiple-choice||Multiple-choice||Open-ended (either a persuasive or narrative prompt)|
|Delivery mode||Online, point and click||Online, point and click||Typed online|
|Time allowed||50 minutes||50 minutes||60 minutes|
|Adjustments available in the event of a confirmed diagnosis (with documentation received by the College)||Extra time, pauses, coloured backgrounds and higher quality images||Extra time, pauses, coloured backgrounds and higher quality images||Extra time, pauses, coloured backgrounds and higher quality images|
How should students prepare for the OLNA?
There are a range of supports available to assist students in preparing for the OLNA as well as a range of student-directed strategies
- All students who are required to complete the OLNA have accesses to revision materials via https://olna.com.au/. Log-in details will be sent to the @newman email address for the relevant students. It is suggested that students dedicate 30 minutes—ideally twice a week—to completing activities via the website. This will ensure students are familiar with the format of the assessments and question styles. Students are encouraged to request feedback on their revision attempts from the relevant teachers.
- Students are encouraged to seek further support from their classroom teachers at Homework Club which runs four days a week (Monday to Thursday) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Targeted OLNA sessions will also run weekly at Homework Club and are advertised to students via the College notices.
- As a reflection of Newman College’s Vision for Learning, students are encouraged to adopt a growth mindset by working collaboratively with their teachers to tackle challenges in their learning. This includes completing all work and homework tasks to a high standard and taking feedback on board to grow their skills.
- Targeted support for Numeracy, Reading and Writing is available at Homework Club four days a week. Students are welcome to attend to receive feedback on practice tasks they have completed or to work directly with a teacher or learning mentor.
- Small groups of students will be nominated for inclusion in the Learning Mentor Program for each term. Students across each year group will attend timetabled sessions with a specialist teacher who will assist with broad literacy and numeracy skills they can employ across all subjects.
- Targeted Literacy Growth sessions will also be facilitated by Director of Transformational Learning Jenny Miraudo throughout Semester Two. These sessions will take place during the timetabled school day and will focus on supporting students in Years Eleven and Twelve who are reattempting one, two or three OLNA.
- Following the return of NAPLAN results in Term Four 2022, Year Nine students who will be required to complete the OLNA in 2023 will be informed and targeted preparation sessions will commence.
- An OLNA information session will be held for parents of students across Years Nine to Twelve in Term Four 2022.