Kto10 Circulars

October 2016

General

Processes for students entering Year 7 in 2017 with an existing School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Student Number

Contact
Lynn Galbraith (08) 9273 6702
lynn.galbraith@scsa.wa.edu.au or dataservices@scsa.wa.edu.au

During 2016, students at primary schools implementing the Brightpath or ABLEWA assessment programs were allocated a SCSA Student Number and registered on the Student Information Records System (SIRS). This was undertaken to ensure the accuracy of student data and avoid duplication of records.

These students will enter secondary school (Year 7) in 2017 with an existing SCSA Student Number.

While record duplication is less likely for students entering Year 7 from within K–10 and K–12 schools, the Authority is developing processes for students entering secondary schools with an existing SCSA Student Number in 2017.

From 2017, the Authority will:

  1. no longer issue batches of Year 7 Student Numbers in Term 4
  2. only issue Year 7 Student Numbers in Term 1, 2017 following a student record check
  3. establish processes to ensure continuity of the SCSA Student Number.

The Authority anticipates that transfer of student record data between Department of Education schools will facilitate importing of student numbers and other student information.

The Authority will communicate with primary and secondary schools regarding these processes and the introduction of the Western Australian Student Number (currently called the SCSA Student Number), in 2017.

Schools can use the search facility in SIRS to identify students with existing student numbers, to avoid record duplication during student registration.

Further information can be found in the Data Procedures Manual, on the Authority website at: http://scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/data-procedures-manual.


Release of the Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting policy

Contact
Mandy Hudson (08) 9273 6755
Trish Dunnett (08) 9273 6794

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) has released as part of the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (www.scsa.wa.edu.au) the Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy.

The Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy sets out the mandated minimum requirements for the implementation of curriculum, assessment and reporting on student achievement for Pre-primary to Year 10 students. It is supported by the Policy Standards for Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting.

The Pre-primary to Year 10: Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy replaces the Reporting Policy: Pre-primary to Year 10 and is effective immediately. Please refer to Table 2 on page 10 of the policy for implementation timeline requirements.

To support the implementation of the policy, an accompanying video, is accessible via the Authority’s website.


Publication of Notional Time Allocation Guidelines: Pre-primary to Year 10

Contact
Mandy Hudson (08) 9273 6755
Trish Dunnett (08) 9273 6794

In response to requests from schools for information to assist teachers plan for and make decisions about how the Pre-primary to Year 10 curriculum is implemented in their schools, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority has published an advice document entitled Notional Time Allocation Guidelines: Pre-primary to Year 10. These guidelines are presented as a guide. They are not mandatory and do not presume how schools should organise their students’ learning.

The guidelines are published within the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline, which is accessible via the Authority’s website (www.scsa.wa.edu.au).


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