Minister appoints advisory panel for year 1 assessment


Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has announced the six-member panel that will offer advice to education ministers on a new year 1 literacy and numeracy check, foreshadowed in the Turnbull Government’s “Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes” policy.

When the panel was announced, National Catholic Education Commission acting executive director Danielle Cronin said Catholic schools are firmly committed to assessments to support students’ learning and already have such measures in place.

She said there are concerns about the possible imposition of a new literacy and numeracy check that hasn’t had sufficient input from key educators and stakeholders.

“Catholic schools educate one in five young Australians, yet the collective wisdom of the tens of thousands of educators in Catholic schools has been missed in the selection of this panel,” Ms Cronin said.

“The success of any numeracy and literacy screening will depend on the broad uptake of the assessment that is developed. By appointing such a small group of advisers, and with just one classroom teacher, the Government has failed to draw upon the best possible advice for this process.”

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