Standards and Benchmarking

What does your state/territory understand by the terms standards and benchmarking?
How are standards and benchmarks currently applied in your state/territory? (current practice)
Briefly outline the work being done in the area of standards and benchmarking in your state/territory.

What does your state/territory understand by the terms standards and benchmarking?

The ACT understands standards as set national standards. Australian benchmarks in literacy and numeracy are being developed. These benchmarks indicate the minimum acceptable standard required of a student to progress satisfactorily through school.

How are standards and benchmarks currently applied in your state/territory? (current practice)

A national benchmark for Year 3 reading is already set and in the 1999 ACT Assessment Program the data was used to equate our students against the benchmark score. Almost 90% of year 3 students in the ACT scored higher than the national benchmark for reading.

Briefly outline the work being done in the area of standards and benchmarking in your state/territory.

Officers from ACTDECS and teachers in schools have been involved in the national benchmarking equating exercise together with representatives from other States and the NT.

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