The early identification of the individual needs of students is critical to ensure they learn successfully. During each stage of schooling a number of measures are employed to identify the educational needs of students.
The teacher discusses any concerns with parents in relation to hearing, sight, speech and or physical development to enable parents to access specialist health professional intervention if necessary. The teacher will also undertake some initial screening in Literacy and Numeracy concepts to assist in the development of early schooling programs.
Pre Primary to Year 2
Making sure our early years students have the necessary essential skills for future literacy and numeracy development is vitally important. All public schools in Western Australia are involved in the Department of Education’s On-Entry Assessment Program. This program, presented as a literacy and numeracy interview, will enable teachers to collect vital information on essential literacy and numeracy skills of their Pre Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 children. Parents of Pre Primary students will receive a printed report following the testing.
The results of these interviews will provide teachers with additional information to assist in the planning of their teaching programs, reflective of each student’s needs. It will also provide your child and teacher with some valuable time together in a one-to-one situation.
The Literacy interview takes approximately 30 minutes, and includes a series of simple tasks, some of which have accompanying resources, and include speaking and listening, letter recognition, responding to sounds, and looking at books. The numeracy interview takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes and includes a set of simple tasks on number, measurement and space.
Further information can be found on the On-Entry website, at:
Years 3 to 6
Ongoing monitoring and assessment of your child’s progress using a range of standardised tests and summative assessment to plan for and implement teaching strategies to meet their individual needs.
In addition to monitoring that occurs at a school level, students also participate in national testing procedures. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students are expected to participate in the testing. They will be assessed in Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation), Writing, Reading and Numeracy.
The results support schools to identify strengths and areas that need adjustment in teaching programs, and gain information to help them evaluate programs and allocate resources.
Reporting to Parents
As part of accountability requirements, regular reporting to parents and feedback on student progress is an important, non-negotiable, requirement of the school. A variety of methods are utilised each term to keep parents informed about their child’s progress.
Parent and caregivers will receive formal reports twice a year. These reports comply with Department of Education requirements to:
- Give an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement
- Include an assessment of the student’s achievement reported as an ABCDE scale, clearly defined against specific learning standards and relative to the student’s peer group
Students at Educational Risk
At Aveley North PS we have processes in place to identify and support students at educational risk to progress towards the achievement of their academic, behavioural and social-emotional goals. This process may involve the staff, parents and agencies working together to develop, implement and monitor Individual Education and/or Behaviour using plans to address the specific needs of the child.