Kto10 Circulars

February-2 2018

General Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Important information about OLNA March 2018

School Leaders, SIRS users, Teachers

Schools are asked to note a range of information and dates in preparation for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) March 2018 round.


2018 Key Messages – Primary School Leader Briefings and workshop

Contact
Patricia Dunnett
(08) 9273 6794
patricia.dunnett@scsa.wa.edu.au

Primary school principals, deputy principals and up to two teachers per school are invited to register to attend a briefing about the School Curriculum and Standards Authority's 2018 Key Messages and a workshop.

The briefing will provide an update on the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline for Years K – 6.

Following the briefing, the workshop will unpack the Authority’s mandated policy requirements to highlight the relationship between the planning, teaching and assessment and reporting process. Participants will engage with the Authority’s assessment support materials to them to make consistent judgments on student achievement, provide valid feedback and engage in reflective practice. The workshop will also explore the challenges and opportunities in planning, teaching and assessing in a multi age group classroom.

The briefings will be presented across the State, in February and March, by the Authority's Executive Director Allan Blagaich and senior members of his executive team.

Date

Location

Monday 19 February

Kalgoorlie

Wednesday 21 February

Northam

Friday 23 February

Broome

Tuesday 27 February

Albany

Wednesday 7 March

Geraldton

Friday 9 March

Esperance

Monday 12 March

Busselton

Tuesday 12 March

Bunbury

Monday 19 March

Narrogin

Wednesday 21 March

Mandurah

Friday 23 March

Port Hedland

Tuesday 27 March

Metro (South)

Wednesday 28 March

Metro (North)

Register now at https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/events/2018-briefings.

Letter sent to Principals by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Board Chair

Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of Learning Areas

The Chair of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Board, Patrick Garnett, outlined to all school principals activities planned to meet specific goal in relation to the current Strategic Plan.


Teaching and Assessment

Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline – Full implementation of Teaching and Reporting for Languages, Year 3 and Technologies and The Arts by Semester One, 2018

Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, Deputy Principals, Principals

Schools are required to fully implement (teach, assess and report on student achievement) Technologies, The Arts and Languages (Year 3) by the end of Semester One, 2018..


General Information, SIRS and Enrolments

Important information about OLNA March 2018

Contact
Andrew Sinfield
(08) 9273 6738
andrew.sinfield@scsa.wa.edu.au

OLNA helpdesk (08) 9273 6726
olna@scsa.wa.edu.au

https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olnahttps://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/assessment/testing/olna

Schools are asked to note the following important dates and information:

March 2018 OLNA testing window
Writing – Tuesday 6 March to Friday 9 March
Numeracy and Reading – Tuesday 6 March to Thursday 29 March

Student Information Records System (SIRS) reports:
LAN001 – Registration of all 2018 Year 10, 11 and 12 students must be completed before they appear in the OLNA student list.
LAN002 ­­– Student usernames and passwords will be available in SIRS on Monday 26 February 2018.

Further information on how to access these reports is available in the OLNA Handbook via https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna/schools.

Preparation of students

In preparation for the OLNA, students should:

Further information on steps coordinators should take to prepare students for the OLNA is contained on pages 58–69 in the OLNA Handbook available via
https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna/schools.

Preparation of school and staff

Coordinators should:

  • provide supervisors with their OLNA timetable.
  • organise mode/s of communication to manage difficulties should they arise.
  • advise supervisors that if a student’s device/browser freezes during the writing component, the supervisor should phone the OLNA helpdesk where they will be authorised to take a screen shot of the student’s work and will be asked to email it to olna@scsa.wa.edu.au.

Further information on steps coordinators should take, including a checklist (page 25), to prepare for the OLNA is contained in the OLNA Handbook available via https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna/schools.

Technical preparations

IT staff/Coordinators should ensure that:

  • the school’s internet and network infrastructure is able to handle the expected load of students sitting the OLNA and any other users accessing the internet.
  • non-urgent system maintenance and upgrades are not conducted during the OLNA period. Changes to the IT system can affect delivery and collection of OLNA data.

Further information on the checks that schools’ IT staff should undertake is contained in the OLNA Test-delivery website user guide available via https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna/schools.

OLNA publications and forms
All OLNA publications and forms are now available from the Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna/schools.


Alternative Curriculum Recognition 2018

School Leaders

2018 Timeline for Alternative Curriculum/Reporting Recognition Process


Abilities Based Learning Education, Western Australia (ABLEWA)

Contact
Maureen Lorimer
(08) 9273 6397 [Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday]
maureen.lorimer@scsa.wa.edu.au

School leaders and teachers are advised that the ABLES Assessment Tool within the ABLEWA resources (https://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home/resources/ablewa) has been updated to include four new assessment instruments:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Movement and Physical Activity.

These resources will assist Western Australian teachers to create high-quality targeted classroom programs by applying the assessment tool to identify their students' readiness to learn across the seven learning domains (Critical and Creative Thinking, Digital Literacy, English – Reading and Writing, English – Speaking and Listening, Mathematics, Movement and Physical Activity and Personal and Social Capability) and using the curriculum content descriptions and achievement standards for Stages A to D, in all learning areas, except Languages, as provided in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

If you have any questions about ABLEWA, please contact Maureen Lorimer, Principal Consultant, Strategic Projects at maureen.lorimer@scsa.wa.edu.au.


Teaching and Assessment

Update on support materials for the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline

Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of Learning Areas, Teachers, VET Coordinators

Schools are now able to access a range of support materials relevant to all eight learning areas via the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.


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