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The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) P–10 Australian Curriculum newsletter provides current curriculum information and highlights the range of resources and professional learning opportunities the QCAA provides to support implementation of the curriculum.

ACARA update

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions, which have been developed in consultation with literacy and numeracy experts, using evidence-based research. The QCAA advises that the progressions are a resource that schools may choose to use.

The purpose of using the progressions for teachers is to:

  • determine an individual student’s literacy and numeracy development
  • identify students who have not yet reached, or have exceeded, the age-equivalent curriculum expectations of the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics
  • understand the typical sequence of learning for literacy and numeracy
  • determine teaching adjustments to ensure all students make progress.

NOTE: The progressions are not an alternative to the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics.

The QCAA will offer webinars about the progressions in Term 2.

What's new in STEM?

Research indicates that quality learning for students can be enhanced through a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) context. The QCAA’s STEM research: Annotated bibliography provides a summary of key ideas presented in research that may support Queensland schools’ approaches to STEM education.

The annotated bibliography does not represent all possible resources, but provides an introduction, in the form of key ideas, to support further reading.

Update on the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline (QKLG)

The QCAA recently published the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline: Draft 1 for consultation. You are invited to provide feedback via the online survey by Monday 23 April 2018. The revision of the QKLG will be informed by:

  • consultation with teachers and key stakeholders at various points throughout the project, including focus groups in five locations across Queensland
  • advice and feedback from a project reference group, including representatives from governing bodies and school sectors
  • input and advice from an expert writing group of experienced practitioners currently implementing the QKLG.

Professional learning program

The QCAA is offering a range of professional learning workshops and webinars in Term 2. These include:

  • High-quality assessment design — Prep to Year 6
  • Improving reading and writing — Prep to Year 6
  • English curriculum for English as an additional language or dialect students — Prep to Year 6 (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Fractions as part of a whole — Prep to Year 6 (webinars — Parts 2 and 3)
  • Enhancing students’ problem-solving and reasoning skills in Years 7 to 9.

Custom-designed professional learning

The QCAA provides competitively priced, custom-designed professional learning tailored to the needs of your school or cluster. We can provide workshops on Australian Curriculum learning areas, planning and assessment, literacy, numeracy and personalising learning for students with disability.

To discuss designing a workshop specific to your needs, please complete and submit a request for professional development services form.

Review — OECD position paper

The Future We Want: The future of education and skills — Education 2030

In recognition of the challenges that young people will face in this time of rapid economic, environmental and social change, this position paper from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offers a vision and underpinning principles for the future of education systems. In producing this paper, the OECD has worked in collaboration with a range of stakeholders from around the world, including students and youth groups. The resulting learning framework aims to help educators understand how instructional systems can effectively develop in students the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need to thrive, and to shape their world.

We’re here to help

If you have any questions about the Australian Curriculum and assessment, please contact us by emailing or calling (07) 3120 6102.

Best wishes for a professionally rewarding term.

Kathryn Tully, Assistant Director, K–12 Resources

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