Sample assessment of civics and citizenship

Sample assessment of civics and citizenship


[intro music) Hi I’m Rob Randall, Chief Executive Officer
of ACARA. Welcome to our October vodcast. The National Sample assessment program in
civics and citizenship is taking place in school across Australia during October and
November. Civics refers to the study of our system of
democratic government here in Australia, including our judicial system. Citizenship relates to our rights and responsibilities,
duties and privileges as Australian citizens and our identity and culture The sample assessment program in Civics and
Citizenship commenced in 2004 and has been held every three years since then in 2007,
2010 and now again in 2013. This involves a random selection of year 6
and year 10 students from across the country. Not all schools or all students are involved
– just a representative sample of schools and students from each state and territory
– about 13,000 students from 680 schools. If your child is participating in the Sample
assessment program, your school will have informed you and provided you with an information
brochure. The selection of students is random and is designed to give a national indication
of student’s Civics and Citizenship knowledge and understanding. This year the sample assessment program is
being conducted online – this is a first. We expect that conducting the test online
will improve the testing experience for students and will improve student engagement. To this
end, we’ve been working closely with principals and teachers at a sample of schools to test
the concept of online assessment. We’ve put a lot of work into doing technical readiness
checking and we have confidence in the system. Having said that, like all technology solutions
it is possible that there’ll be some technical issues. So we have appropriate back up plans
in place. For example, if it looks like there’s a problem with local internet connections,
we’ll provide the school with a USB drive that contains a pre-loaded test to minimise
any disruption. The conduct of this year’s sample assessment
program is a significant step towards conducting NAPLAN online. Conducting the tests online
will enable the collection and marking of students’ responses to be done more quickly
and efficiently. This in turn will contribute to a reduction in the time it takes to publish
the results. The goal of our civics and citizenship assessment
is to assess students’ level of knowledge and understanding in this area of the curriculum
so we can see how students from across Australia are performing. With this information we can
identify where we’re doing well and where we can improve – to help deliver our goal
that all students are active and informed citizens. I would like to thank all of the schools and
students who are participating in the civics and citizenship sample assessment program
over the next few months.

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