Evaluator company/business: Erebus International
URL or PDF: Download the report on Language, learning and literacy in the early years (PDF, 252kB)
Summary: The Language, Learning, Literacy program evaluation aimed to determine whether teachers who undertook professional learning from a qualified trainer developed improved techniques for planning and delivering instruction to small groups and classes. The methodology measured student improvement levels by using students’ end-of-year data gathered from the previous year’s cohort at each school, and compared it with the data of current students and their progress over a school year. The authors stated that the program achieved its goals of: 50 per cent of all students reading and writing above end-of-year expectations and only 20 per cent of students reading and writing below end-of-year expectations.
Evaluator company/business: NSW Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education Commission of NSW
URL or PDF: Download the Successful language learners report (PDF, 588kB).
Summary: The Successful Language Learners Whole-school English as a Second Language and Literacy project aimed to improve the English language, literacy and numeracy performance of students learning English as a Second Language (ESL), including refugee students. To achieve this, a multifaceted, integrated approach based on research about what works in schools with high concentrations of ESL learners was used. Eleven NSW schools were involved in the two-year pilot program. The schools were ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse. Data from ESL Scales, SSL Assessment Banks and NAPLAN results were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies in the program. Significant improvements were made by students over the course of the project.
A trial of the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Learning Progression instrument in NSW schools showed strong reliability and validity for identifying students' English language proficiency. The instrument can better identify and discriminate EAL/D needs for resource allocation at the school level.