Check-in assessment

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

  • reading
  • numeracy

Each assessment is designed to be quick and easy to administer, consisting of between 40 to 50 multiple choice questions.

Schools can access feedback soon after the completion of the assessment. Student assessment feedback, including links to teaching strategies, is available in Scout. Student assessment information 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 windows for 2023

Term 2 (Weeks 4 to 7) - extended to Week 8

  • Years 4, 6, and 8 complete reading and numeracy assessments

Note: a small group of schools also complete measurement scale validation activities for additional cohorts during this window.

Term 3 (Weeks 8 to 10)

  • Year 6 complete reading, numeracy and writing assessments

Term 4 (Weeks 1 to 4)

  • Years 3, 4, and 5 complete reading and numeracy assessments

Term 4 (Weeks 3 to 7)

  • Years 7, 8 and 9 complete reading and numeracy assessments

Professional learning 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. This will include:

  • a range of online professional learning
  • a user-guide for school Check-in assessment coordinators and supervisors, containing information and instructions on how to prepare for and administer the assessment
  • real time support via MS Teams
  • strategies to identify areas to focus attention
  • teaching strategies to address these areas.

How do schools participate?

Principals nominate an assessment coordinator prior to each assessment window.

Details of how to nominate your assessment coordinator for the Term 2, 2023 assessment window are published in Staff Noticeboard (Term 1 Week 10).

Vision impaired student materials requests

Large print and Braille versions of the assessment are available for students who already access Braille and Large Print Services and who are supported by an itinerant support teacher vision.

You should assess the visual suitability of the online assessment using the Check-in assessment demonstration site prior to requesting alternate materials. This includes checking the inbuilt magnification software and the interaction with additional assistive software.

Full details, including how to access the demonstration site are included in the Check-in assessment request for large print and Braille materials form - (department schools).

Technical requirements

The assessment can be administered on the following devices: laptop, desktop PC, Chromebook, Android tablet and iPad (not iPad mini).

Headphones or earphones are required as audio files are available for various aspects of the assessments.

No locked down browser is required to administer the Check-in assessment.


Department schools

Parents and carers

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