University of Turku

Digitalizing primary school reading test





Multiple user


Accessibility &

Design for all

The University of Turku has developed a reading test for students in primary school already at the beginning of the ’90s. Until now, the test has been conducted in paper version and at the beginning of the year 2019, Anders started to digitalize the process. The test is now in a pilot phase in hundreds of Finnish schools and it has received very good feedback.

The Centre for Learning Research (of University of Turku) was longing for web application, that would automate as much manual work as possible from the literacy testing.

Primary School Reading Test (ALLU) is meant for teachers, special education teachers, psychologists, and researchers of literacy as a tool to investigate the reading abilities of primary school students. With the help of the results, researchers are able to follow a child’s learning ability, literacy fluency, and understanding of reading. Children’s literacy is tracked annually, and the results are compared between other age groups. 

Before digital testing, the ALLU web application has demanded lots of manual work from teachers as well as special education teachers. For example, the test scores had to be counted manually until now. The digital test had was built to be as simple and as understandable as possible to take all users into account; the teachers and primary school students.  

The service is built on top of Django framework and it has been coded with Python. The Centre for Learning Research administers the collected data and licenses. They also have access to the anonymous raw data of the test results. The system supervisor and teachers have their own management interfaces for handling the tests and their data. Students can log in to the system with an individually generated code and straight to the test specified by the teacher.

Thank you very much for developing a very easy to use online test! Of all the tests, queries or such we have used at school, ALLU web application has definitely been the easiest to use from both the test management and the student perspective.

- Teacher, test user

Web Accessibility

Web accessibility and requirements of the accessibility directive have been regarded when developing the service. The test is developed by following the Design for All -principles. For example, in color planning, the contrast requirements have been taken into account and in technical implementation, the WCAG guidance has been followed.  

How did we succeed?

We got what we wanted from Anders and in a tight schedule. They understood our needs, generated ideas with us and executed the system according to our requirements. The co-operation ran smoothly throughout the project.

Our feedback and questions were reacted to immediately and professionally. We are eager to continue co-operation with Anders in the near future.

- Tiina Turunen & Elisa Poskiparta
The University of Turku, The Centre for Learning Research