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Information for non-government schools

Topic: Literacy , Numeracy

Year Level
  • Pre-primary
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
Content Type
  • Program/Overview
Audience
  • Deputy Principal
  • Principal
  • School leader
  • Teacher
Learning Area
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics

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If you are a principal, Pre-primary, Year 1 or Year 2 teacher you can access the On-entry Assessment Program to:

  • conduct the assessment
  • view reports.

You can add new students, upload class lists, edit existing classes and assign modules to assess prior to the commencement of the assessment period.

Need support?

Catholic Schools: Contact Early Years Learning and Care Team on 9380 1800.

AISWA schools: Contact On-entry Assessment Program Support Officer on 9441 1625.

Access the On-entry Assessment Program

On-entry Assessment Program for non-government schools

Prepare for the On-entry assessment at your school

Principals, teachers and test administrators use this information to prepare for the On-entry assessment. You can also refer to the Administer the assessments Power Point.

The On-entry assessment module 1 is mandatory for Pre-primary students in Term 1.

You can use modules 2, 3 and 4 to assess Year 1 and Year 2 students. Assessing these year groups is optional.

To help you prepare for the assessment, refer to the On-entry Assessment Program handbook for non-government principals, teachers and test administrators. This includes a guide to online navigation.

Plan for the assessment period

Work with participating teachers to make sure you run the assessments in the same way at a similar time. This helps to make sure comparison is valid.

Assign the appropriate module

To assign a module use the information in the On-entry Assessment Program handbook for non-government principals, teachers and test administrators.

Request resources

To administer the assessment, you need one literacy and one numeracy resource kit.

To order new complete resources or any individual component or components of the literacy and numeracy kits, use the modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 resource request form.

Email the form to:

At the end of the assessment period, return your resource kit to your principal to store in a secure place for the next assessment period.

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Handbook for non-government principals, teachers and test administrators

AISWA and CEWA principals, teachers and test administrators can use this handbook to prepare for the On-entry assessment program.

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Withdraw or exempt a Pre-primary student from the assessment

The Term 1 On-entry assessment is mandatory for Pre-primary students. However, parents can choose to withdraw their child from the assessment.

Students who attend education support centres are automatically exempt from the On-entry assessment. If you think they’re ready, you can complete the assessment with Pre-primary students from these centres.

It's appropriate to withdraw or exempt a Pre-primary student from the assessment if they:

  • have an identified disability
  • have very limited English for whom the assessment is not appropriate

Discuss withdrawal or exemption with the parent or caregiver and your principal.

Withdraw or exempt a Pre-primary student:

  1. Complete an On-entry assessment student exemption and withdrawal form.
  2. Change the student's participation status to exempt in the On-Entry assessment system.
  3. Keep a copy of the completed form on the student's file.

Conduct the On-entry assessment at your school

Conduct the assessments one-on-one with students during the designated assessment period.

Conduct some assessment tasks and activities one-on-one during your daily teaching program. Other tasks that require more focus, like reading a book, may be conducted in a quiet area away from other students. You can conduct writing assessments with the whole class at the same time.

To make sure comparison is reliable, conduct assessments in the same way for each student.

For more detailed information, refer to the  On-entry assessment handbook for non-government principals, teachers and test administrators.

Adjust the assessment delivery for students with disability

If required, adjust the delivery instructions for students with disability as you would normally do for daily teaching and assessment. This could include using:

  • digital reading texts that can be enlarged on the screen
  • large print reading texts
  • braille reading texts for students who are vision-impaired
  • Auslan digital texts available as MP4 video files
  • an Auslan interpreter.

Mark students' writing

To keep marking accurate and consistent, use the On-entry assessment writing marking guide.

For additional examples, refer to the  On-entry assessment additional exemplars - Pre-primary writing.

Use the Writing class report to mark students' writing activity.

Access On-entry assessment reports

Principals, teachers and school administrators use On-entry assessment reports to inform learning programs and school planning.

Generate current and previous reports at any time for individual students, classes and cohorts in the On-entry Assessment Program for non-government schools.

Use information in the reports to:

  • plan and deliver targeted programs that reflect your students’ skills and understandings
  • identify students who need intervention or extension
  • inform whole-school planning
  • review programs, priorities or initiatives.

For information about the reports available and help on how to use them, read the  On-entry assessment guide to reporting handbook.

Access median scores from 2019 to 2021

Median scores from 2019 to 2021 are available in the On-entry assessment median scores from Pre-primary to Year 2, 2019 to 2021 fact sheet.

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On-entry assessment guide to reporting handbook

Guide to reporting and generating reports in SAIS.

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