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Term 3 Professional Learning facilitated by Specialist Teachers

The VCAA organises professional learning sessions to support teachers’ learning and understanding of the Victorian Curriculum F–10. These sessions facilitated by Specialist Teachers provide a peer-to-peer learning experience and are offered to teachers from Catholic, Independent, and Government schools. The sessions can be accessed online, by attending a full-day workshop, or can be scheduled in response to requests for support from networks and clusters of schools.

There is no cost to teachers who register for these sessions. All Victorian Government schools received funding in June 2017 to support teacher attendance in these professional learning sessions. The funding provides Casual Relief Teacher (CRT) release for government school teachers to attend these sessions.

More information and a list of the areas in which support is available, how networks/clusters of schools can request support and the session times are available from the Statewide Professional Learning Sessions page.

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Term 3 Online Professional Learning facilitated by Curriculum Managers

The VCAA is continuing to offer a series of online professional learning sessions to assist teachers to work with the Victorian Curriculum F–10 when planning comprehensive teaching and learning programs. These online session operated between 3.45 and 4.45pm.

The online sessions will commence again in the week beginning 28 August. The timetable for the rest of Term 3 and early Term 4 will be published on Monday 20 August. To learn more about the new sessions and register for any of these online sessions please refer to the F–10 Resources and Support Professional Learning page.

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Mathematics sample programs for Years 7–10

Mathematics sample programs for Years 7–10 are now available on the Victorian Curriculum F–10 teaching and learning resources webpage, under ‘Mathematics sample program’.

The Mathematics sample programs illustrate how the Mathematics curriculum could be organised into yearly teaching and learning programs based on a selection and sequence of topics covering the three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

Teachers are advised that while these sample programs provide comprehensive coverage of content descriptions from the three strands of the Mathematics curriculum and are sequenced to develop knowledge and skills expressed in the achievement standards, there are other ways that the curriculum content can be arranged to suit the learning needs of students.

Sample programs for Prep–Year 6 will be available towards the end of Term 3.

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Indicative progress examples added

Indicative progress examples are now available for most curriculum areas. These are located on the Victorian Curriculum F–10 resources pages under Curriculum area advice.

The indicative progress examples are designed to be used with the indicative progress templates as stimulus material to support teachers to develop their own descriptions of indicative progress.

The examples illustrate a progression of learning within a specific context. They show components of the achievement standards only, and these are highlighted in colour to make the connections explicit to the reader. By developing indicative progress descriptions during the planning phase, teachers will be better placed to explain the learning expectations to the students and assess and report student achievement.

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Online assessment tools for Languages available now

The VCAA recently launched a suite of free, online language assessments to support Victorian schools deliver the Victorian Curriculum Languages. These language assessments are available now to all Victorian schools, including community language schools.

Developed with and hosted by the Australian Centre for Educational Research (ACER), the language assessments are offered in eight languages:

  • Chinese (background and second language learner)
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Spanish.

The language assessments consist of separate listening and reading tests and provide teachers with a snapshot of students’ reading and listening skills, which teachers can use to better target individual students’ learning needs.

The language assessments are:

  • a resource schools may choose to use to support their teaching of Languages. These assessments are suitable for Levels 5–6 onwards in the F–10 Language sequence and Level 7–8 onwards in the 7–10 Language sequence
  • a useful diagnostic tool of student progress in listening and reading
  • online and available to used at anytime
  • capable of providing results immediately.

The language assessments focus on the receptive skills of listening and reading, and are not intended to be the sole means of assessing student progress against the Victorian Curriculum Languages achievement standards. To register and access the language assessments, go to the Curriculum planning and assessment page.

Assessment

Important dates for 2018

NAPLAN 2018 tests have been scheduled to be conducted from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May 2018. Further information on the transition to NAPLAN Online will be sent to schools shortly.

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NAPLAN reporting packages

The NAPLAN 2017 reporting packages will be delivered to schools in the week beginning Monday14 August 2017.

The reporting packages will include an Individual Student Report for each student who sat the NAPLAN 2017 tests. These reports are to be delivered to parents, and as parental interest in NAPLAN results is very high, it is essential that they are delivered as soon as possible after their arrival at the school. Individual Student Reports are confidential documents that contain personal information about each student. Given the need for confidentiality, the VCAA asks all schools to consider a direct mail-out to parents or issuing the reports directly, for example, through an information night or by parental collection from the school.

The format of the reports will again be the same for all states and territories and will be very similar to those provided in 2016.

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Access to students’ NAPLAN Writing test images

This year, Victorian schools will again be provided with access to scanned images of their students’ NAPLAN Writing test responses. The VCAA believes this provision will assist schools with interpretation of NAPLAN writing results and inform classroom teaching and learning programs.

The Writing test images will be available via the NAPLAN Test Administration website. Access to the images will be provided from Tuesday 15 August 2017. The images will be available for a five-week period until the end of Term 3.

Details about access to the website and instructions about how to download images will be sent to school principals with the NAPLAN reporting packages.

Please note that schools will have access only to images of the Writing tests of their own students and that the images are made available strictly for internal school use.

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NAPLAN Data Service 2017

NAPLAN 2017 results will be made available for schools to access from the secure web-based NAPLAN Data Service. Past and present NAPLAN results can be accessed by schools on this website.

The full suite of Data Service reports – showing school, state and some national data – will be released to schools from Tuesday15 August 2017.

For security purposes, NAPLAN Data Service passwords are changed annually. All schools will have received a letter containing their new NAPLAN Data Service password in the first week of August.

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NAPLAN Data Service Professional Development workshops

As in previous years, the VCAA will be conducting NAPLAN Data Service professional development workshops for principals, NAPLAN coordinators and teachers throughout Term 4 in 2017. Further details of these workshops, including a list of times and venues, will be provided to schools as soon as they become available.

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On Demand

The On Demand program was updated in 2017 to support the Victorian Curriculum. Regular analysis and calibration of the On Demand test questions is integral to the accuracy of the On Demand program. This review work ensures the integrity of question content and the accuracy of the difficulty value assigned to each test question. The VCAA is planning to collect the On Demand data in September and December 2017.

The VCAA will be contacting schools that use On Demand to request their participation in this important work by granting access to the school’s On Demand data. The primary focus of the 2017 analysis will be the On Demand testing scale which generates students’ results. This important data analysis will ensure that the questions in the VCAA On Demand tests continue to accurately reflect the Victorian Curriculum and offer teachers a valuable support for their teaching programs via calibrated Standard Scores. The review will analyse how each question is performing using empirical observation of students’ answers to the On Demand test questions. Further information will be forwarded to schools before September 2017.

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