Best Start Year 7

Best Start Year 7 is an online literacy and numeracy assessment package that will be available to secondary schools from 2019.

What is Best Start Year 7?

Best Start Year 7 addresses a key element in the NSW Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017 – 2020 and is mapped to the NSW Syllabuses and National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions.

Best Start Year 7 will help with identifying students who may require additional support in the development of key literacy and numeracy skills that are fundamental to their success in all subjects in secondary school. Feedback from the assessment will also provide secondary teachers with information to support targeted teaching strategies that meet the learning needs of their students.

Schools may choose to use the Best Start Year 7 online assessment to supplement existing Year 6 -7 transition practices.

Best Start Year 7 will be available to NSW secondary schools in Term 1, 2019 with the intention that the assessments are completed in the first five weeks of Year 7 by students in participating schools.

The Best Start Year 7 assessment includes two online assessments:

  • literacy assessment
  • numeracy assessment

Each assessment is designed to be quick to administer, consisting of 30 multiple choice questions.

Feedback from the Best Start Year 7 assessment will be available to teachers soon after a school’s completion of the assessments.

Professional learning and support will be available for confirmed opt-in schools to support the implementation of Best Start Year 7 Assessment in 2019.

Information sessions

Best Start Year 7 Adobe Connect information sessions were held in Term 3 2018. A copy of the session and presentation is available below.

Best Start Year 7 Information session recording (via Adobe Connect)

Best Start Year 7 Information session presentation (PDF 1075.81KB)

For further information about the Best Start Year 7 assessment, visit the frequently asked questions webpage or contact the Best Start Year 7 team via email: beststartyr7@det.nsw.edu.au.

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