Best Start Kindergarten Assessment

Best Start Kindergarten Assessment is a literacy and numeracy assessment conducted for all Kindergarten students in the first five weeks of school.


Best Start Kindergarten has been conducted in all NSW public schools since 2010.

Best Start Kindergarten Assessment identifies student’s literacy and numeracy skills on entry to Kindergarten. It has been revised to support the NSW Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017 – 2020 and is mapped to the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions.

The revised assessment is conducted in line with existing school practices and will build upon teaching and learning programs that support students in the transition to school.

Summary for parents and carers

The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment will take place at our school in Term 1, 2019.

The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment is a state-wide assessment that helps show teachers the literacy and numeracy skills of each student at the beginning of Kindergarten. This helps teachers to plan lessons to best support the learning needs of every child.

Children come to school with a range of experiences, skills and abilities. Some are familiar with books, can recognise letters of the alphabet or even write their name or count to ten, while others have not yet learned these skills.

The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment provides teachers with the opportunity to sit with a child one on one, focusing on what that child can do.

The assessment is not a test but provides teachers with useful information to help support your child’s learning at school.

If you wish to withdraw your child from participating in the assessment, please contact the school.

The parent and carer information sheet provides further information on the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment.

Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment.

Telephone Interpreter Service If you need an interpreter to assist you to contact the school, please call the Telephone Interpreter Service on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The interpreter will call the school and will stay on the line to assist with the conversation. You will not be charged for this service.

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