Learning progressions in secondary

The literacy and numeracy learning progressions are an important new resource for secondary schools to understand the literacy and numeracy needs of their students.

Literacy and numeracy skills are essential for learning and are required to demonstrate knowledge across all subject areas, not just English and maths. That is why the learning progressions reach from K-10, and will be available for secondary schools.

Benefits of the learning progressions

The learning progressions will be made available to schools in 2018, providing many benefits for schools, teachers and students. Some of the benefits of the learning progressions are that they:

  • range from Kindergarten to Year 10, meaning that literacy and numeracy are a continued focus in secondary school
  • provide greater detail, allowing for easier and more accurate assessment
  • map to the NSW syllabuses and the Australian curriculum in English and maths, demonstrating the development needed to meet stage outcomes
  • describe observable behaviours that could be demonstrated across all curriculum areas, not just English and maths
  • are based on the latest research and evidence on student development in literacy and numeracy
  • do not indicate the amount of time it should take for a student to progress, because this can vary, even within a single classroom
  • will integrate with new software and assessments, making it easier and quicker for teachers to monitor student progress.

The learning progressions support implementation of the curriculum, but do not replace it. They do not describe what to teach, but provide a map of how students become increasingly sophisticated in aspects of literacy and numeracy development.

Implementation in secondary schools

The learning progressions are published on the ACARA website. Implementation in secondary schools will be determined by each sector.

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