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Principals and NAPLAN coordinators are advised to be aware of the protocols regarding the use of a scribe in the Writing test.
The key points from section 6.5 of the National Protocols are:
- The role of a scribe is to provide access to the Writing test, not to improve a student’s performance.
- Where appropriate, students should be encouraged to use alternative adjustments.
- Poor handwriting or a reluctance to write is not sufficient justification for the use of a scribe.
- A scribe is not permitted for students who have a temporary injury (such as a broken arm) at the time of the Writing test.
As per the protocols, a scribe may be provided only for students who have difficulty with the physical act of writing. This does not include students who have difficulty processing what they want to write.
In order to ensure national consistency and that results are not compromised, prior written permission to use a scribe must be sought and given by BOSTES. Students must be using a scribe regularly in the classroom and be familiar with the NAPLAN scribe rules.
All applications for scribe use will be carefully considered against the National Protocols. Approval will only be given where a student will be unable to complete the Writing test independently. Computer use, extra time and/or rest breaks are adjustments which schools should consider as an alternative to scribe use.
The Application to use a scribe form and Application to use a computer form can be downloaded from the BOSTES website. NAPLAN scribe rules will also be provided in the back of the Test Administration Handbook for Teachers.
For more information, contact:
(02) 9367 8382