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NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy
(2017 – 2020)

NSW Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions

The National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions have been developed by ACARA in collaboration with the NSW Department of Education and are available on the NESA website. NESA, as the authority responsible for curriculum, has included a statement on their website regarding the voluntary use of the progressions to support the NSW syllabuses K-10.

The NSW syllabuses remain the focus for planning, programming, teaching, learning and assessment in all NSW schools.  The progressions are designed to support the implementation of the syllabuses.

Professional learning on the progressions will be available for independent schools in 2019. Please refer to the AISNSW Professional Learning Calendar for details or contact Annelies Vanhout for further information about customised consultancy for your school.

Plan2 is a NSW Department of Education tool that collects and stores the data gathered on students’ literacy and numeracy development when using the progressions. Plan2 is hosted on the Assessing Literacy and Numeracy (ALAN) website on the DoE extranet portal.

Access to Plan2 for independent schools will cost $2 per student using PLAN 2.

 For further information on accessing PLAN 2 please contact Annelies Vanhout. AIS will liaise with the NSW Department of Education to obtain access to Plan2 for individual schools. The NSW Department of Education will then invoice schools directly.

Best Start Kindergarten Assessment

The NSW Department of Education’s Best Start Kindergarten Assessment may be used to identify each student's literacy and numeracy skills upon entry into Kindergarten.

Independent schools may opt to use the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment as a paper-based assessment or online. There is a cost for participation.

  • Paper
    Where schools choose to opt in to the paper-based Best Start Kindergarten Assessment the cost of the kit is $50, plus distribution costs. The Department of Education advises that each teacher using the pen and paper assessment will require a kit.
  • Online 
    Revisions to the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment mean schools may now choose to collect and store student data via the Department of Education’s online system, referred to as Plan2. Schools electing to access the online option for Best Start Kindergarten Assessment using Plan2, will be charged $2 per participating student by the NSW Department of Education. AIS will facilitate access to the Department‘s tools for interested schools

To gain access to either the paper-based or online Best Start Kindergarten Assessment please contact Annelies Vanhout for further details.

Training will be available for interested independent schools in Terms 3/4 2019 in preparation for use of the assessment in 2020.

A training PowerPoint that provides an overview of the administration process for the paper-based assessment is available for schools to use: Best Start Kindergarten PowerPoint Resource

Best Start Year 7

Best Start Year 7 is a new, NSW Department of Education online literacy and numeracy assessment for students on entry to Year 7. The assessment is designed to be used with students at risk of falling behind in literacy and numeracy to assist teachers to plan instruction accordingly.

Best Start Year 7 will be available to NSW secondary schools on an opt-in basis. Schools that choose to use the Best Start Year 7 assessment will complete student assessments within the first five weeks of Year 7.

Access to Best Start Year 7 and training will be facilitated through the AIS. The Department of Education will charge independent schools $2 per participating student using Plan2. Please contact Annelies Vanhout for further details.

Training will be available for interested independent schools in Terms 3/4 2019 in preparation for use of the assessment in 2020.