SunLANDA is a software application for schools to assist with the analysis of NAPLAN data. It was designed by the Analysis and Evaluation Branch of the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA). The program has been designed to be used by classroom teachers and school administrators. Sample data can be downloaded and imported into SunLANDA that teachers can use to familiarise themselves with the program. Alternatively, they can import the data from previous years for their school. A user's manual is available for download, which provides clear and simple instructions for use.
Student results data are imported into the program using the files (.csv) sent to schools through the QSA's secure website. The program has functions that allow different ways of organising and viewing information about students and classes. Teachers will be able to see students' actual responses, identify patterns that can help them focus their teaching and make comparisons between their class and the school, state and national averages. Customised classes can be created by teachers of different subjects so they can access the literacy and numeracy data of their own students. Teachers can also create subgroups within their own classes for a closer examination of particular questions or student achievement. Each year, when the current data are released, there will be links available to an analysis of each item on each testpaper.
The file sampleData.zip needs to be unzipped. Double-click this file. From the zip handling utility window (e.g. WinZip), "drag and drop" the .csv files for the Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sample data. From within SunLANDA, click File > Read student results data file and follow the steps for importing as outlined in the user manual.
A user's manual is available for download, which provides clear and simple instructions for use.
Download, select a directory in which to save the SunLANDA program and files, and run the installer:
Mac versions can be downloaded by following the links below. Unzip the contents to the desired location and run the "SunLANDA" application.
So that SunLANDA can read data relating to student results, you must first download and install the relevant year's specifications file. When data for each test year are released, a new specifications file will be available and will need to be downloaded.
- New SunLANDA spec file 2012 (ZIP, 14 kB)
- SunLANDA spec file 2011 (ZIP, 14 kB)
- SunLANDA spec file 2010 (ZIP, 14 kB)
Due to copyright restrictions a BIC (user ID) and password are needed to access the item analyses.
- SunLANDA spec file 2009 (ZIP, 13 kB)
- SunLANDA spec file 2008 (ZIP, 11 kB)
The file SunLANDA_spec_file_xxxx.zip needs to be unzipped. Double-click this file, which will open a zip handling utility. From the zip handling utility window (e.g. WinZip), "drag and drop" the xxxx.sun file into your selected directory. From within SunLANDA, click File > Read specifications file and select the xxxx.sun file from its directory location. Follow the steps for importing as outlined in the user manual.
Update SunLANDA – now!
Schools need to update their current versions of SunLANDA.
Before starting the update process, make sure that your existing version of SunLANDA is closed.
Click on the link above and choose the “Save file” option to save the installer in your chosen directory. To run the installer, double-click on the file that you have saved.
This update of SunLANDA serves two important purposes for schools.
Some schools have encountered problems with loading the data for the 2010 Year 7 Numeracy Calculator book. The problem has been corrected with this update. In addition, those schools with Year 7 students that are experiencing problems with Year 7 data will need to download and re-load the 2010 specifications file and student data file.
An added feature of this update enables schools to produce their own printable PDF versions of class reports (currently at the “beta” testing stage). To access this new feature in SunLANDA, click on File, and select “Create PDF report”. Choose a directory for saving this report. Click “Save” for generating the report.
SunLANDA contains sample data that teachers can use to familiarise themselves with the program. In order for SunLANDA to read this sample data, the 2009 specifications file must first be downloaded and imported. If schools prefer to use their own student information, the data are imported into SunLANDA using the files (.csv) which are sent to schools through the QSA's secure website.
If you have problems or enquiries, email email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible.
Last updated: 12 September 2011