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NAPLAN results posted this week
Individual student reports for 2017 NAPLAN tests will start arriving in schools during the next fortnight.
Memo 041/17 explains the process that schools should follow on receipt of the reports, and lists the release schedule of other NAPLAN data.
Join the NAPLAN marking team
Recruitment workshops for NAPLAN Writing test markers start on Thursday 3 August in Cairns, followed by Townsville, Rockhampton, Urangan and Toowoomba in early September.
Attendance at these fully-funded events contributes to continuing professional development requirements for teacher registration, and builds teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Writing task.
New syllabuses available to teachers and wider community
The QCAA has now released 39 General and 22 Applied syllabuses for use in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system from 2019. Teachers with a login for School Portal can access these syllabuses and available workshop resources.
Public access to syllabuses approved for implementation from 2019 will be provided via the QCAA website from late August 2017. Until then, non-teachers can request syllabuses by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the review status and availability of syllabuses can be viewed on the QCAA website.
Share your views on prescribed texts for English subjects
Redeveloped syllabuses for English, English as an Additional Language, and Literature will be the first in more than 40 years to be supported by lists of prescribed texts.
You can suggest what novels, plays, poems, memoirs and other non-fiction genres should be on these lists by contributing to our page at goodreads.com.
Confirmation trial to go ahead in 2018
To establish the feasibility of online Confirmation in the new QCE system, the QCAA will trial a new approach to the Monitoring process in 2018 for schools in the Brisbane-Ipswich and Wide Bay districts that offer:
- Mathematics B.
Because Dance is a small candidature subject, the Brisbane-Ipswich district also captures Toowoomba schools. Schools in these districts will submit electronic copies of the monitoring submission for review instead of the customary hard copies. Panellists will then review and comment on these submissions using an online platform. All other aspects of the Monitoring process will stay the same.
Feedback by teachers and panellists in the trial will make an important contribution to the final shape of Confirmation in the new system.
Prepare for Year 12 verification
Memo 039/17 lists the due dates for verification submissions for Authority and extension subjects, and the meeting dates for district and state review panels.
Verification is the process by which review panels advise schools about Year 12 student achievement relative to syllabus standards descriptors.
Workshops focus on literacy and numeracy
The following workshops are offered statewide to support literacy and numeracy achievement in primary and junior secondary schooling:
- Motivating students to engage in writing in Prep–Year 2
- Building confidence in number in Prep–Year 2
- Making measurement meaningful in Year 3–6
- Extending writing skills in Year 7–9.