Check-in assessment

Check-in assessments are online assessments for students in Years 3 to 9. They are mapped to the NSW Syllabuses and National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions.

All students complete a reading assessment and a numeracy assessment. Year 6 students also complete a writing task.

Each assessment is designed to be easy to administer. Assessments are designed to take up to 60 minutes each, however, there is no time limit for the assessments (allow students extra time if required).

The reading and numeracy assessments have approximately 50 questions (including a small number of questions for trial purposes). The Year 6 writing task is a single prompt marked against set criteria.

Schools can access feedback soon after the completion of the assessment. Student assessment feedback, including links to teaching strategies, is available in Scout. The feedback is also mapped against the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions and can be accessed in PLAN2.

The assessment can supplement existing school practices to identify how students are performing in literacy and numeracy and to help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

Assessment window

The assessment windows for 2024 will be available late Term 4, 2023.


Principals nominate an assessment coordinator prior to each assessment window. Details are published in Staff Noticeboard.

Resources and support

The Check-in assessment package is supported with resources and professional learning to assist schools to administer the assessments, analyse assessment feedback and plan for teaching.

Students with disability

Students can access the same level of support that they would normally have in the classroom. Schools may implement special provisions at their discretion. No formal application process is required.

Students supported by an itinerant support teacher vision can access large print and Braille versions of the assessment. Visit the resources web page for more information.


Department schools

Parents and carers

  • If you have any questions relating to the Check-in assessment, please speak to your school.


  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Educational Standards
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