Educational Assessment Australia

Educational Assessment Australia

FAQs for Schools


About ICAS

ICAS Subjects can be seen on the following page: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/subjects. ICAS is available for Years 2 - 12 in Australia and Years 3 - 13 in New Zealand and the Pacific Region.

ICAS is used in a growing number of countries. As year-level names vary across countries, it is simpler to code the ICAS booklets as A, B, C, D etc and provide a key to identify the relevant year-level for each country.

Terms and conditions for ICAS can be downloaded from the ICAS Coordinator's page inside the School Portal: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/school-portal

Questions used in ICAS papers are written by EAA assessment staff, experienced classroom teachers and subject matter experts. These writers utilise a wide range of materials and resources to ensure the questions are current, relevant and engaging for the students.

All items are peer-reviewed by an external panel. This panel consists of practising classroom teachers and subject matter experts, including university academics. This panel considers the validity, reliability and currency of each assessment item. Once ratified by the external panel, the questions are placed in tests. All tests maintain a balance of items taking into account the difficulty of the questions and the strands, topics and skills tested.

Each ICAS subject has been carefully researched by EAA staff so that the test content is relevant and interesting. EAA staff review curriculum documents on a regular basis to ensure that subject content in ICAS is relevant to your students' schooling. Our Assessment Framework provides details of how this works for each ICAS subject. To view each subject framework go to the following pages and click on the framework link:
Digital Technologies
English
Mathematics
Science
Spelling
Writing

Using the same questions enables us to draw comparisons between each year level to see how different cohorts progress over time. In order to do this, we need to know how one test paper compares in difficulty with another. By comparing the information obtained from a few questions that appear in two different papers, we can get a good indication of the relative difficulty of each paper. This process is called 'equating' and is applied to test papers across year levels (called vertical equating) and also across calendar Years (horizontal equating).

Please refer to the ICAS Awards and Recognition page: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/awards for information about grade distribution.

Pre ICAS Test Date

Your school can register with EAA to participate in ICAS at https://eaa.unsw.edu.au/forms/online/register-icas.asp

Entries may be made online at www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/enter-icas using your EAA school code and password.

A student must only sit the paper for the year level in which s/he is currently enrolled. A student who has been accelerated for a particular subject can sit the paper at that year level but should not sit more than one paper in any one subject.

In special circumstances, permission may be given for a school to participate in the ICAS on an alternative date. Please complete and submit the required School Agreement - Alternative sitting date form www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/school-portal no later than four weeks before the official sitting date Schools that sit on an alternative date may not be eligible for UNSW medals. For more information please refer to the ICAS Terms and Conditions.

Yes. You can make additional entries. Dispatch of test materials after the closing date will incur a postage and handling fee. Australian, International (46), New Zealand and Pacific Region schools: Log in at: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/school-portal to enter securely with your EAA school code and password. Please contact us if you do not know your school password. Your password will be emailed to your registered school administration email address. Other schools should contact their EAA country representative for entry forms.

Australian, International (46), New Zealand and Pacific Region schools, please log in to your Order History to see the status of your entries and expected delivery dates. ICAS test materials are delivered by courier to your school and must be signed for.

No. Entry to ICAS is school-based only. EAA is unable to accept requests from parents to enrol their child into an ICAS subject unless the child is being home-schooled in a registered home school.

Preparation is available through past papers or our Practice Online facility at www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/preparation

Post ICAS Test Date

No. After the ICAS Subject has been sat please place the booklets in a secure place. Once reports and results are received at your school, you can then hand the booklets back to the students or use them as past papers. Please do not send used booklets back to EAA.

Each school receives a report providing comprehensive data about individuals and year levels. A breakdown of the report can be found at: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/school-results

The School will be sent a Student Report and certificate for each child. These can be sent home and/or contribute to the student portfolio. This report provides accessible diagnostic information about the student's performance and highlights any strengths or weaknesses.

All reports, and certificates are sent to the school in the first instance. Results are also available online. To access this facility, parents and their children will need their TAP ID's and passwords to log in. The TAP ID is printed on the student report and is valid for all ICAS subject results.

Most results will be sent out to schools between 6-8 weeks from the sitting date of each subject. Writing and Spelling are hand marked and will be sent to schools within 8-10 weeks of the sitting dates. Australian, International (46), New Zealand and Pacific Region schools, can log in to 'Your Order History" to see an up-to-date status of your entries and expected delivery dates. Other schools should contact their EAA country representative.

Yes. EAA has a secure, interactive site that allows you to view and analyse your school and student data.
Log in to the School Portal at: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/school-portal with your EAA school code and password to access your results online. Please note the school results are available only to participating schools, their Principals and the ICAS subject coordinators.

No. Due to privacy laws, results and student details are not disclosed over the phone. Results will be dispatched to the school only.

No. Results are dispatched directly to the school. Parents need to ask their child's school for their child's results. Reprints of results and certificates should also be requested through the school as EAA can not adequately identify the person requesting the reprints.

Yes. Please contact Customer Service for more information. There will be a charge for this service.

Yes. Schools are advised of all medal winners.

Finance / Administration

Yes.

Yes. Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Region schools can log in to the School Portal with your EAA school code and password to Enter ICAS Online. Online entries have payment options for credit card, cheque or EFT.

Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Region schools should make cheques payable to : UNSW Global Pty Limited.

As of 1st September 2017 UNSW Global will no longer accept payments by cheque for ICAS orders. If you have any questions about payment options, please contact customer service at info@eaa.unsw.edu.au or alternately call us on +61 2 8936 2210.

Yes. EAA provides one extra ICAS booklet for each year level in which there are entries to be used as a teacher's reference copy only.

This will be at the discretion of EAA. All unused ICAS booklets and answer sheets returned to EAA must be in good condition and suitable for reuse. Schools returning less than ten (10) unused ICAS booklets with answer sheets will be issued a credit note. Unused ICAS booklets returned after three (3) months from date of purchase will not be accepted for credit or refund.

With all on line orders an email tax invoice/receipt as well as a attached tax/invoice PDF within the email, will be sent to the nominated email address as indicated in the Order Contact Details. The option to re-send, view or print the tax invoice is also available on line via Order History.


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