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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 Western Australia understand by the terms standards and benchmarking?

Benchmarks describe nationally-agreed minimum acceptable standards of achievement in particular year levels - without which a student will have difficulty making sufficient progress at school.

How are standards and benchmarks currently applied in your Western Australia? (current practice)

Benchmark performance, as measured by the population testing program (WALNA), is reported both publicly and directly to parents for years 3 and 5. Work on standards is still in progress.

Briefly outline the work being done in the area of standards and benchmarking in your Western Australia.

There is currently no systematic application of standards. In addition to our current testing, we are moving towards testing and reporting against Year 7 literacy benchmarks in 2001 and Year 7 numeracy benchmarks in 2002.

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