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Standards and Benchmarking

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?

  • A standard is a common reference point used to measure progress (in this case, in learner achievement) along a scale or continuum.
  • A benchmark is the delineation of an acceptable level of achievement in a particular skill (or set of skills) within a given context.

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

The term "standard" relates to the recently drafted Curriculum Standards that, in conjunction with the Curriculum Scope and Curriculum Accountability components, form the basis of the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability (SACSA) Framework, across the eight areas of learning. The definition of a Curriculum Standard is that it, "provides a common reference point for teachers and other educators to use in monitoring, judging and reporting on learner achievement (in clearly defined skills, knowledge and dispositions) over time". The Curriculum Standards are defined by sets of learning outcomes, evidence of learner performance and work samples.

The term "benchmarks" is no longer used widely in South Australia.

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

The Curriculum Standards are set at Years 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, and form the basis for schools’ reporting of learner achievement. Preceding Curriculum Standard 1 at year 2, are developmental learning outcomes that guide learning in the early years.

From 2011 the achievement standards from the Australian Curriculum provides the basis of assessing and reporting. This will be a gradual changeover from SACSA to the Australian Curriculum as educators engage with the Australian Curriculum.

The nationally agreed ‘National Minimum Standard’ in Literacy (writing, reading and spelling) and Numeracy form the basis reporting student achievement in the National Assessment Program As part of the National Assessment Program all students who compete the tests in year 3, 5, 7 and 9 receive a student report showing their results on an achievement scale from Band 1 to Band 10. Their result is also compared to the national average as well as the national minimum standard for each of the year levels reported.

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