New literacy check on way
YEAR 1 students will undergo a “check” of their literacy and numeracy skills under a new national assessment.
The check would be rolled out for Year 1 children nationwide to identify those who are behind, and focus on phonic knowledge and number sense and position. While the check has not yet been developed, it would become part of the National Assessment Program as early as 2019.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said Australian results had stagnated and even declined despite the “excellent education system”.
A six- person expert panel including research fellows, professors and teachers advised Mr Birmingham, finding the need for a “light touch” check as there was no systematic early learning assessment of essential skills. Under the panel’s recommendations, the new tool would be developed for the numeracy check while a UK phonics check would be adapted for Australian use.