Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy and Numeracy assessments occur at St. Edmund's for each student on a yearly basis. This information serves as a tracking device for each student. The teacher gathers data determining where each student is in each strand of subject taught and then reflects on what needs to be taught (via the IP process) for the student so they are ready to enter the workplace after leaving St. Edmund's. The teacher also reflects on how best to teach this information for each student and determines how they will know when the student gets there.

Literacy Assessments at St. Edmund's

Literacy assessments at St. Edmund's follow the categories set out in the NAPLAN assessments which began in 2008.

Writing: achievement of criteria that demonstrate the writing skills needed for each student. Our students complete a writing sample twice a year. This writing sample is assessed using the outcomes teachers deemed important for our school.

Reading: ability to understand texts and diagrams that are commonly used in each subject. Our students complete the Neale Analysis which measures reading age and comprehension. We use several schemes eg. the Fitroy & Multilit.

Language: knowledge and use of spelling, punctuation and grammar enhanced by direct instruction teaching strategies on a yearly basis.

Anecdotal information: teachers can add comments to student profiles indicating best strategies for the student. Using the student profiles, information about each student can be analaysed to provide the best teaching practices and the most effective learning strategies for each student.

Numeracy Assessments at St Edmund's

Numeracy assessments at St. Edmund's follow the categories set out in the NAPLAN assessments begun in 2008. Unfortunately there are no standardised assessments in mathematics which cover our school population.

Number - using numbers and calculations in a variety of situations including money skills. Our students will be assessed yearly on a school based number test. A pre and post test is used to assess students. Our students must also be observed in practical situations and to assess generalization of number skills.

Measurement - making and comparing measurements involving length, area, volume, mass, time and temperature. Our students will be assessed yearly on a school based time test. A pre and post test is used to assess students. Our students must also be observed in practical situations to assess generalisation of time skills.

Space - drawing shapes, working with patterns, representing 3D space and describing positions. Our students must also be observed in practical situations to assess generalisation of space skills.

Data - identifying, organizing and interpreting data in tables and graphs. Our students must also be observed in practical situations to assess generalisation of data skills.

At St. Edmund's we offer only a Life Skills program of study for Years 7-12 in English and Maths.