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Implementing the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment


This professional learning is designed for kindergarten teachers who will administer the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment in 2020. The course provides guidance on the effective and consistent administration of the assessment. Participants will gain an understanding of the functionality of the Best Start Kindergarten tool and how student responses maps to the National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions. Teachers will reflect on their learning and create a plan for administering the assessment that they can implement in 2020.

Who should participate?

Early Stage One teachers and school executive.

Mode of delivery

Face to face (5 hours).


This course will assist teachers in using the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment. They will explore how to access feedback to analyse student strengths, identify patterns of responses and find a starting point for teaching. Teachers will develop an understanding of how student responses are mapped to the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions. They will investigate how the information captured during the assessment transfers to PLAN2 and can be analysed in order to plan for targeted and quality teaching and learning experiences for Kindergarten students.

This one-day course is divided into four sessions:

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Best Start Kindergarten
  • Session 2: Administering the assessment
  • Session 3: Navigating PLAN2
  • Session 4: Reflecting and planning

Register for 'Implementing the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment' via MyPL (Course code RG07074).

Dates and Location

Metropolitan North

Henry Parkes Equity Centre 4 December
Henry Parkes Equity Centre 12 December
Nirimba Conference Centre 17 December
Nirimba Conference Centre 6 February 2020

For more information, contact Michael Myerscough

Metropolitan South

Arncliffe Education Office 19 November
Riverwood Education Office 19 November

For more information, contact Sherrie Meyers

Regional North

Maitland Education Office 18 November
Adamstown Education Office9 December
Tuggerah Education Office6 February 2020

For more information, contact Davina Bowen

Regional South

Glenfield Education Office 20 November
Warilla Education Office 21 November

For more information, contact Sherrie Meyers

Rural North

Taree Public School 19 November
Armidale Education Office 20 November
Coffs Harbour Education Office 25 November
Muswellbrook South Public School 26 November
Casino Public School 27 November
Moree Education Office 27 November
Westlawn Public School 28 November
Tamworth - Hillvue Public School 3 December
Inverell - McIntyre High School 4 December
Goonellabah Education Office6 December

For more information, contact Jill Dutton

Rural South and West

Dubbo - Bangamalanha Centre 18 November
Deniliquin Education Office 19 November
Bourke Public School 21 November
Sunshine Bay Public School 25 November
Albury Education Office 27 November
Queanbeyan Education Office 28 November
Griffith - NSW Rural Fire Service Training office 29 November
Wagga Wagga Education Office 13 December

For more information, contact Kerrie Vogele (South) - Kerrie.Vogele@det.nsw.edu.au or Leone Dewhurst (West) - Leone.Dewhurst@det.nsw.edu.au


NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Implementing the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment' will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 5.2.2, 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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