Interview for Student Reasoning

What is the Interview for Student Reasoning?

The Interview for Student Reasoning (IfSR) is a suite of teacher-led optional online numeracy assessments for K-10 students.

The IfSR can supplement existing school practices to identify how students construct their mathematical understandings and to help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

Assessment items reflect the current research and evidence base. Items link to resources to support students’ progress in developing fundamental numeracy skills. The assessments are mapped to the NSW syllabus and National Numeracy Learning Progression.

The assessments have been modularised to give teachers flexibility in assessing sub-skills for targeted teaching.

Watch our short video for more information about the assessment.

About the Interview for Student Reasoning

The Interview for Student Reasoning - IfSR, is an online on-demand diagnostic numeracy assessment that is aligned to the NSW Mathematics K-10 Syllabus and the National Numeracy Learning Progression. Assessment feedback can be accessed in PLAN2.

The IfSR is a one-to-one interview that supports teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the way a student reasons and uses their mathematical knowledge.

It provides primary and secondary teachers with additional diagnostic information about a student's learning strengths and the conceptual knowledge a student needs.

Teachers can use the assessment at any time throughout the teaching and learning cycle to support decision making about next steps in numeracy learning for individual students.

The IfSR can be accessed via ALAN, (Assessing Literacy and Numeracy). Teachers record observations directly into the online tool.

For effective administration a teacher will require a laptop or device to record responses in the online tool, and will have prepared the associated resources and materials required for the tasks.

A student assessment analysis is available once the assessment is lodged.

Teachers can access feedback via PLAN2 where the results are mapped to the National Numeracy Learning Progression. PLAN2 can then be used for ongoing monitoring following the assessment.

For further information, visit the Literacy and numeracy professional learning website or contact Literacy and Numeracy.

About the assessment

The assessment enables teachers to hear and see how students are progressing in :

  • Number and place value
  • Additive thinking
  • Multiplicative thinking
  • Proportional thinking

This allows teachers to establish where students are in their learning so that teaching can be differentiated and learning progress can be monitored over time. The suite focuses on Kindergarten to Year 8, however it can be used with students up to Year 10.

Student feedback and analysis

Student responses are mapped to indicators from the National Numeracy Learning Progression (V2) indicators with information automatically recorded in PLAN2. A Student Assessment Analysis will provide teachers with feedback to inform decisions about next steps in learning for that student. The analysis will be accessed from the assessment tool in the department's Assessing Literacy and Numeracy (ALAN) portal

How can my school access the assessment?

Teachers will be able to access the assessment tool at any time via ALAN.

Number and place value (IfSR-NP) is available now.

Additive thinking, Multiplicative thinking and Proportional thinking will be released over 2021 and 2022.

How will my school be supported?

The IfSR resource webpages include materials to assist you to implement the assessments.

Visit the Literacy and numeracy PL webpage and Mathematics curriculum webpage for more professional learning opportunities in the practical application of evidence-based teaching of numeracy.

Everyday maths hub

Mathematics Key Learning Areas by Stage

NESA - National Numeracy Learning Progression

Upcoming information events

To attend these events, join our curriculum specialists in the numeracy statewide staffroom set up in Microsoft Teams for expert advice, resources and professional learning.
Date and time Topic Link
Tuesday 9 Mar
8:30 to 9am
IfSR introduction (staff only)
Wednesday 31 March
3:30 - 4pm
Number and place value introduction (staff only)
Thursday 6 May
8:00am to 8:30am
IfSR and PLAN2 (staff only)
Thursday 3 June
How to use ‘Areas of focus’ for IfSR-NP (staff only)
Thursday 17 June
IfSR-NP: Exploring the classroom resources
(staff only)

New events will be added throughout 2021.

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