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.

The Best Start Kindergarten assessment:

  • is available online
  • include items that reflect current literacy and numeracy research
  • links to the literacy and numeracy learning progressions
  • allows teachers to capture data at the item level, to accurately identify a student’s level of skill and knowledge
  • allows teachers to capture student responses directly into a tablet or computer.

Implementation in schools

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

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