About PLAN2

PLAN2 (Planning Literacy and Numeracy) is the department’s software used to support teachers in monitoring student learning using the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions. Schools access PLAN2 via ALAN (Assessing Literacy and Numeracy).

PLAN2 allows teachers to:

  • update and analyse observations against progression indicators to identify teaching priorities and support student, class or school literacy and numeracy development across the curriculum

  • access observations sent directly from department assessments, including the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment, Year 1 Phonics Screening Check and Interview for Student Reasoning to make evidence-based decisions on student learning

  • create differentiated areas of focus aligned to syllabus outcomes, to use for explicit teaching and to monitor learning

  • monitor student progress at student, class, stage or school level to help identify patterns, evaluate what works best, and strengthen practice in response.

In 2022, schools use PLAN2 with version 2 (v2) of the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions.

Changes to PLAN2 from 2023

In 2023 department schools will use new NSW K-2 English and Mathematics syllabus and version 3 (v3) of the learning progressions:

  • PLAN2 software and Learning progressions PL will be updated.

  • PLAN2 observation statuses will change to Not demonstrated, Demonstrated, Partially Demonstrated, Consolidated. Currently Not observed, Sometimes, Always.

Schools across NSW have been involved in the development of the PLAN2 upgrade, providing feedback on resources, preliminary mapping, and modifications to Areas of Focus.

A PLAN2 demo site is now available to support schools and teachers to prepare and transition from v2 to v3. The demo site allows teachers to view and interact with updated features of PLAN2 incorporating v3 progressions indicators and new and current syllabus outcomes.

Access the PLAN2 Demo via ALAN - log in then click on the ‘ALAN-DEMO’ tile at the bottom of the ALAN home screen.

For more information about the change, watch the short video below or view the ALAN Helpdesk Article: Introduction to the PLAN2 Demo site.

PLAN2 for the new curriculum and version 3 of the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions

PLAN2, the NSW Department of Education’s online application for planning for literacy and numeracy, continues to undergo updates in alignment with changes to the curriculum, and with the department’s official uptake of version 3 of the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions.

From 2023, all schools using PLAN2 will use an updated version containing:

  • version 3 of the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions
  • the Mathematics and English outcomes and content points for the new syllabuses
  • current English and Mathematics syllabuses mapped to version 3 of the learning progressions
  • a new PLAN2 observation status scale and
  • enhancements to many of the existing features.

All observations existing in PLAN2 prior to 2023, made by teachers or assessments against version 2 of the progressions, have been migrated to the updated platform against V3. No observations have been lost.

To support teachers to understand these changes, PLAN2 has been enhanced with resources including:

  • labels that appear beside individual version 3 progression indicators, identifying them as being ‘new’, ‘revised’ or indicators that have had ‘no change’, and
  • mapping guides to support an understanding of the migration of observations between version 2 and version 3 of the progressions.

To support the interpretation and use of the new PLAN2 observation status scale, new status classifications are presented clearly in the legend, with further resources available.

These resources support an understanding of how previous observations from teachers and assessments made against version 2 of the learning progressions have been converted to the new observation status scale.

The student observation summary also retains a record of the observations made using the previous version of PLAN2.

Syllabus outcomes and syllabus content points from new English and Mathematics syllabuses mapped to version 3 of the progressions can now be selected when planning for learning in PLAN2.

Additional links allow teachers to see NESA mapping between progression sub-element levels and syllabus content points.

For support and step-by-step guides for PLAN2 features, please refer to the Help desk which can be accessed by selecting Help on the PLAN2 menu.

Some schools trialling the new K-2 curriculum will have access to a new version of PLAN2 during Term 3, 2022 where they will be able to use new features with select assessments for Year 1 students.

Migrating observations from v2 to v3

Existing observations (progression indicator data) in PLAN2 will be migrated to align with the v3 indicators for the beginning of 2023. This includes observations against v2 indicators that are retired. No observations will be lost.

PLAN2 and the new K-2 syllabuses

In alignment with the K-2 new English and Mathematics syllabuses, PLAN2 will:

  • contain the new syllabus outcomes and content

  • show the progression sub-elements and levels tagged to the syllabus content as provided by NESA

  • allow teachers to select individual progression indicators from the progression sub-element levels tagged to the content, but also from other progression sub-elements and levels.

PLAN2 and current K-10 syllabuses

For all current K-10 syllabuses, PLAN2 will:

  • contain existing syllabus outcomes for all syllabuses (Areas of focus feature)

  • show existing 3-10 English and Mathematics syllabus outcomes mapped to v3 of the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions (department interim mapping).

Mapping assessments to v3

From 2023, all existing and future curriculum-based assessments integrated into PLAN2 will be mapped to the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions v3. Existing assessment information in PLAN2 will remain and will be migrated to align with v3 indicators.

Timeline

Week 8, Term 2, 2022

Schools trialling the new K-2 curriculum are invited to use selected aspects of the PLAN2 upgrade with their Year 1 student data during Terms 3 and 4 2022.

Term 3, 2022

All department schools can access the PLAN2 Demo site. The Demo site contains sample school data to allow schools to familiarise with some of the changes prior to this site going live in 2023.

Some schools trialling the new K-2 curriculum begin using upgraded PLAN2 (with Year 1 student data only) - some assessments will be mapped to PLAN2 in Term 3 to Term 4, to allow schools to familiarise with assessments mapping to learning progressions v3.

Term 4, 2022

PLAN2 Demo site enhancements released, containing additional features to allow schools to become familiar with the changes prior to this site going live in 2023.

PLAN2 Demo site available to AISNSW and CSNSW schools currently using PLAN2.

Term 1, 2023

All schools use the upgraded PLAN2 site with live school data for all cohorts.

  • All v2 school data migrated to v3 and new observation statuses in PLAN2

  • All ALAN assessments mapped to v3

  • Literacy and numeracy professional learning and resources updated to align to progressions v3 and new syllabuses

Support for schools

  • The PLAN2 Demo site is available to support schools and teachers to prepare and transition from version 2 to version 3. The site contains sample school data to allow schools to familiarise with some of the changes prior to this site going live in 2023.

  • A series of ‘how-to’ articles available via the ALAN helpdesk.

  • Professional learning and guidance will be provided to assist teachers to understand changes to the progressions in moving from v2 to v3, and implications for the use of PLAN2. Information sessions and updates will be available via the Literacy NSW and Numeracy NSW statewide staffrooms throughout Term 4, 2022.

  • Existing professional learning supporting the use of the learning progressions and PLAN2 will be updated to reflect the changes (available in Term 1, 2023).

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