Literacy and Numeracy NP
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:54

Assessing Literacy and Numeracy (ALAN)

Assessing Literacy and Numeracy (ALAN) is a suite of applications developed as part of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020. ALAN contains PLAN2 software and the revised Best Start Kindergarten application. 

Only Action Plan schools and selected supplementary schools have access to ALAN at this stage. Implementation beyond Action Plan and supplementary schools will be determined by each sector. 

More information can be found on the ALAN Helpdesk site

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 Literacy Numeracy Action Plan 2012-16                   Literacy Numeracy Action Plan Exec summary                       

 Full report                                Executive Summary

 

Evaluator company/business: Erebus International
Year: 2017
URL or Pdf: Download the Report of the Evaluation of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016 (Pdf, 2.93MB) and Executive Summary (Pdf, 519KB)
Summary: The Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016 was developed to address the widespread inequalities in learning outcomes known to exist from the earliest years of schooling in NSW schools serving low socio-economic status communities. This report presents the findings of an evaluation of NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016. It examines the extent to which student literacy and numeracy improved, factors that may have led to any improvement, and the extent to which any improvement achieved was cost-effective. 

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Lit Num NP Prog Eval Focus On Reading 

Authors: Alison Wallace, Benita Power, Lee Holloway, Chloe Harkness
Evaluator Company/Business:
Urbis Pty Ltd
Year:
2012
URL or PDF: 
Download the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy - External Evaluation of the Selected NPLN NSW Programs: Evaluation of Focus on Reading 3-6 Final Report (Pdf, 1.5MB) 
Summary:
The evaluation aimed to assess the effectiveness of the Focus on Reading 3-6 program, to identify the extent to which the program was operating as intended and to assess whether the program had improved the educational outcomes of Aboriginal students. Focus on Reading 3-6 was designed to provide professional learning support to classroom teachers in a school or community of schools. The main goals of the program were to increase teacher knowledge about how to develop fluent readers and to develop  comprehension and vocabulary skills based on effective evidence-based practices. The evaluation methodology comprised a knowledge review, scoping of data sets, site visits, and stakeholder interviews and surveys. In both the quantitative and qualitative research, the great majority of teachers and school staff reported increased knowledge and skills in teaching reading. Gains in mean reading scores were also observed for all student cohorts at Focus on Reading 3-6 schools.

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LNAP 2016 summary thumb   LNAP 2016 thumb

The Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016 was developed to address the widespread inequalities in learning outcomes known to exist from the earliest years of schooling in NSW schools serving low socio-economic status communities. This report presents the findings of an evaluation of NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016. It examines the extent to which student literacy and numeracy improved, factors that may have led to any improvement, and the extent to which any improvement achieved was cost-effective. 

Download the executive summary (PDF, 520kB) or full evaluation report (PDF, 2.95MB). 

Published in Research Report

effect read

Reading is a foundational, yet complex cognitive skill upon which other skills are built. Research on the teaching of reading in the early years of school has consistently identified five key components of effective reading programs: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This paper summarises the research regarding why these five elements are important, as well as how they should be taught in the classroom.

Download the literature review (3.7MB) or listen to the audio book below:

Published in Research Report
Friday, 03 February 2017 11:07

Reading Recovery: A Sector-Wide Analysis

 Reading Recovery Sector-wide Analysis 2015

Authors: Deborah Bradford and Wai-Yin Wan
Evaluator company/business: Internal to DoE - Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation

Year: 2015
URL or PDF: Download the report on Reading Recovery: A Sector-Wide Analysis (Pdf, 1.23MB)
Summary: The primary aims of this study were to examine the impact of Reading Recovery (RR) on students’ literacy outcomes at the end of Year 1 and whether any benefits associated with participating in RR are sustained over the longer term to Year 3. This evaluation was conducted state-wide across NSW government schools. It focussed on identifying the impact of RR on student outcomes compared to similar students who attended a school that did not offer RR. The study employed a quasi-experimental design drawing on retrospective data that detailed participation in RR and student outcomes in the early years of school. The results showed some evidence that RR has a modest short-term effect on reading skills among the lowest performing students. However, RR does not appear to be an effective intervention for students that begin Year 1 with more proficient literacy skills. In the longer-term, there was no evidence of any positive effects of RR on students’ reading performance in Year 3.

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Literacy Numeracy evidence paper

This paper provides an overview of the importance of literacy and numeracy skills. It also summarises evidence-based practices for improving student outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

Download the full publication (PDF, 1MB).

Published in Research Report

CC

This report presents qualitative and quantitative findings regarding the implementation and achievement of key deliverables at the midpoint of the five year Connected Communities Strategy. The evaluation aims to answer how well the model has been formed and implemented across schools, as well as outcomes and impact of distinct components of the strategy.

Download (PDF, 2MB)

Published in Research Report
Monday, 14 December 2015 10:23

Report - Reading Recovery Evaluation

This evaluation examined the impact of Reading Recovery (RR) on students' outcomes in NSW government schools. The evaluation found some evidence that RR has a modest short-term effect on reading skills among the lowest performing students. However, RR does not appear to be an effective intervention for students that begin Year 1 with more proficient literacy skills. In the longer-term, there was no evidence of any positive effects of RR on students' reading performance in Year 3.

Download the full publication (pdf, 1.8MB)

Related: Learning Curve 11 - Reading Recovery

Published in Research Report

Teach Learn Share 56 Language Learning Literacy Early Years

 

Evaluator company/business: Erebus International

Year: 2013

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. 

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