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Assessment Programs

Assessment Programs 

Kindergarten Development Check (KDC)

The Kindergarten Development Check (KDC) is designed to assist teachers in the early identification of any Kindergarten student who is at risk of not achieving expected developmental outcomes and may require a specific intervention program and/or support from specific support personnel.

For further information on this program please contact your school or Educational Performance Services on 6233 7066.

Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS)

The PIPS On-Entry Baseline Assessment is administered by the University of Western Australia and offered to schools and systems in Australia. This assessment of literacy and numeracy can assist with assessing progress of students entering primary school.

PIPS Flyer 2013

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National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is an everyday part of the school calendar and has been since 2008.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Numeracy.

NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum.

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The My School website provides further information with which schools and their communities can monitor their effectiveness. 

NAP Sample Assessments

The NAP Sample Assessments test students’ skills and understanding in Science Literacy, Civics and Citizenship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy. Only selected groups of students in Years 6 and 10 participate in these sample assessments (Year 6 only for Science Literacy), which are held on a rolling three-yearly basis. NAP Sample Assessments began in 2003 with Science Literacy (NAP — SL), followed by Civics and Citizenship (NAP — CC) in 2004 and Information and Communication Technology Literacy (NAP — ICTL) in 2005.

Primary and secondary schools participating in the NAP Sample Assessments benefit in a number of ways. Their students have the opportunity to engage with state-of-the-art assessment materials, some of which are delivered online. This is an excellent learning opportunity for students.

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Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA is an international study which began in the year 2000. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in participating countries/economies. Since the year 2000 over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA.

Every PISA survey tests reading, mathematical and scientific literacy in terms of general competencies, that is, how well students can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned at school to real-life challenges. PISA does not test how well a student has mastered a school’s specific curriculum.

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Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

TIMSS conducts comprehensive state-of the-art assessments of mathematics and science for students in Year 4 and Year 8, supported with extensive data about country, school, and classroom learning environments.  First conducted in 1995, TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of fourth and eighth grade students. Australia has participated in all five cycles.

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Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)

Introduced in 2001, PIRLS is conducted every five years to measure progress in the reading achievement of students in their fourth year of schooling, as well as trends in the associated home and school contexts for learning to read. 

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