Best Start Kindergarten

All children start school with different abilities in literacy and numeracy. At the beginning of Kindergarten, it is important that teachers can get to know their students and find out about their abilities and knowledge.

What is Best Start Kindergarten?

Best Start Kindergarten is an assessment held in all public schools and some Catholic and independent schools in the first few weeks of Kindergarten. Teachers sit with a student one-on-one and administer tasks that will help them gain an understanding of that student’s literacy and numeracy knowledge. The results help the teacher to understand what each student knows already and to plan teaching accordingly.

What is changing?

Under the literacy and numeracy strategy, the Best Start Kindergarten assessment will be updated and made available online.

This updated version of Best Start will:

  • include some new and revised items that better reflect current literacy and numeracy research
  • link to the literacy and numeracy learning progressions
  • allow teachers to capture data at the item level, to more accurately identify a student’s level of skill and knowledge
  • allow teachers to capture student responses directly into a tablet or computer.

Schools that have previously used Best Start will have recorded their students’ learning against the literacy and numeracy continuums. From 2018, literacy and numeracy learning progressions will replace the continuums. The learning progressions are more detailed and allow for easier and more accurate assessment.

Implementation in schools

K-2 Action Plan schools from all sectors, and some selected case study schools commenced using revised Best Start Kindergarten in Term 1, 2018. Implementation beyond Action Plan schools will be determined by each sector.

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