2018 Preparation activities
2018 Professional learning
In preparation for 2019, 293 early adopter schools participated in professional learning across the state.
Feedback showed more than 95% of participants agreed that Best Start Year 7 will help to identify students requiring additional support in literacy and numeracy on entry to high school.
In 2018, 56 NSW schools participated in a trial of the Best Start Year 7 assessment. More than 6,000 students from Department and Catholic schools in NSW completed 13,748 tests across a nine-day period.
The purpose of the trial was to test the questions in the assessment and to gather feedback from teachers and students. End-to-end testing, including the development of reports, will be conducted in Term 4, 2018.
Feedback showed more than 80% of schools felt students were engaged when completing the tests during the trial.