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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.

What is the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment?

Best Start Kindergarten Assessment identifies student’s literacy and numeracy skills on entry to Kindergarten. It has been conducted in all NSW public schools since 2010.

The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment supports the NSW Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017 – 2020 and is mapped to the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions.

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


Refer to the Resources page to access Best Start Kindergarten Assessment information and materials.

Professional learning and support will be available for schools to support the administration of the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment.

For additional support, contact the Literacy and Numeracy Unit: literacy.numeracy@det.nsw.edu.au.

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