What students are taught in Prep-Year 10
Since 2010, Australia has been moving toward nationally consistent curriculum, assessment and reporting.
By the end of 2013, schools will have made significant progress implementing the Australian Curriculum for:
The remaining learning areas should be implemented by 2016.
Until then, schools will continue to use the Queensland curriculum for:
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
- Studies of Society and Environment
In addition, the P–2 curriculum, assessment and reporting: Advice and guidelines support curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessing and reporting across P–2 as Queensland transitions to the Australian Curriculum.
The Early Years Curriculum Guidelines provide Prep teachers with a framework for teaching, assessing and reporting on learning areas where the Australian Curriculum is not yet available.
How students are assessed in Prep-Year 10
Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. It is the purposeful collection of evidence about students' achievements. An awareness of what learning is assessed and how it is assessed helps both students and parents and carers to develop an understanding of what is valued and where to focus attention.
Assessment is used for a variety of purposes, but its most important use is in supporting student learning.
Assessment occurs formally and informally every day in the classroom. There are three types of assessment:
- Diagnostic — used to provide feedback and an opportunity for intervention
- Formative — used to improve student learning
- Summative — used to indicate standards achieved at particular points for reporting on a five point scale.
An assessment program should include:
a range and balance of assessment categories, techniques and conditions appropriate for the learning area, year level, school context and student cohort
opportunities for students to become familiar with the assessment techniques and for teachers to monitor student achievement and provide feedback to students.
National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
NAPLAN tests are administered in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and give a snapshot of how students are performing in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. Their specific purposes are to:
- collect data from the Australian population of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students for reporting to parents and carers and schools
- assess students against national minimum standards.
The development of NAPLAN tests is guided by the National Statements of Learning in English and Mathematics.
The QCAA administers NAPLAN in Queensland on behalf of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
The NAPLAN website has more information about the tests including what is tested, how you can help your child prepare for the tests, and how NAPLAN test results are used.
How can I help my child?
As Queensland moves towards nationally consistent curriculum, assessment and reporting; parents can be assured that:
the learning that their child undertakes is consistent with that of other schools
the judgments that teachers make about their child's performance are made using the same Standards as those applied in other Queensland schools and schools across Australia.
The transition to a national curriculum promotes greater consistency across classrooms. It also encourages greater continuity across year levels in what is taught and how it is assessed and reported.
As a parent or carer you play a vital role in your child's learning. Building a positive relationship between home and school plays an important part in the education of your child. Talking with the school may help you in communicating with staff throughout the P–10 years. Parents can provide a positive approach to education at a time when children begin to develop skills and attitudes to influence their own learning.
Parents can take an interest in their child's learning by:
- talking to their child's teacher
- attending parent–teacher meetings
- taking an active interest in what their child is doing in the classroom.
- Visit the Prep-Year 10 section.