Performance Indicators in EARLY YEARS Primary Schools ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (PIPS) PIPS More information about PIPS can be obtained from: The principal of your child’s school OR Educational Performance and Reporting Section ACT Department of Education and Training The Performance GPO Box 158 Indicators in Primary Canberra ACT 2601 Schools Program assesses Phone: (02) 6205 9375 the early literacy and Fax: (02) 6205 8353 numeracy skills of students in kindergarten The Department of Education and Training collects student information from PIPS to enable schools to develop learning programs targeted at meeting individual student needs. Information gained from PIPS may be used, together with NAPLAN data, for reporting and planning purposes. This information is managed in accordance with the requirements of the ADCORP G19023 Privacy Act 1988 and the Freedom of Information Act 1989. What is PIPS? Who developed PIPS? When will the assessment PIPS is a computer based assessment program The PIPS assessment was developed by the take place? that can assist with: Curriculum Evaluation and Management Term 1 Centre, University of Durham, England. • determining what kindergarten The first assessment is administered within students know when they enter PIPS is based on comprehensive research the first month of school. primary school across the world into the literacy and Term 4 numeracy development of students in • assessing the progress of students in The second assessment is administered early primary school. PIPS has been trialled literacy, numeracy and phonological in term 4 and shows how the students have and modified for Australian students. awareness (sounds in language) progressed relative to their starting point in the first assessment. • diagnosing individual student work and providing information to Who uses PIPS? indicate what students are achieving PIPS is used in Australia, New Zealand, the How can I prepare my child or understanding Netherlands, the UK and other countries. PIPS for the assessment? is used by schools in all Australian states and • predicting future performance and territories. The ACT Department of Education There is no need to prepare your child for identifying students who might benefit and Training, in consultation with the the assessment. The purpose is to find out from early intervention or enrichment. University of Western Australia, provides PIPS what skills students have when they start for use in ACT public schools. school so that appropriate learning programs are prepared. What is special about PIPS? PIPS is not a traditional test with a fixed Who is assessed? number of questions presented on paper. Reporting on PIPS Students in kindergarten will be expected to The assessment consists of screens, presented participate in the PIPS assessment program. Reports are provided to school principals and on the computer, that are visually appealing relevant teachers to assist with planning and Parents who do not want their child to take teaching in the classroom. to young children. Students’ progress through part must discuss this with the school principal. the PIPS program is determined by their The PIPS results are part of the wide range of responses and reflects their abilities. assessment information collected by teachers. In this way, the assessment is a positive How do students do PIPS? This information provides parents and carers experience for all children because they with an extensive picture of their child’s are not presented with a large number The teacher works with students on a learning and progress. of questions that they cannot answer. one-to-one basis, in front of a computer. The assessment takes between 15 and 20 Parents and carers are encouraged to discuss minutes to administer depending on the their child’s progress with teachers, establishing student’s ability. a partnership that supports their child’s future learning. The student either points on the screen or provides a verbal response to questions and the teacher uses the mouse to record answers.
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