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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2201 ..

(8) Has the Government consulted widely with parents about the new system it is introducing this year, if so, how many parents were consulted, if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The ACT Assessment Program (ACTAP) reports will provide information regarding the literacy and numeracy progress of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The strands to be reported against are: reading, writing, spelling, number sense, measurement & data sense and spatial sense. Year 3 and 5 reports will also show results for viewing, listening and speaking strands. The following will be shown on reports:

the level at which the student is performing

profile levels

the list of outcomes assessed for each strand

a band to indicate the middle 60% of ACT students

the ACT average for all strands

the National Benchmark for relevant strands.

(2) The ACTAP student reports do not show school results.

(3) Parents will not receive any less information than in 2002.

(4) The ACTAP student reports do not show school results.

(5) (a) The ACT average for each strand will be included for the first time. This will allow parents to compare their child's result to the ACT average.

(b) No new information about their school will be given.

(6) The system of reporting literacy and numeracy results through ACTAP will be similar to previous years. The wording to the introduction of the report will be changed to make it more user friendly. The ACT average will now be included for each strand.

(7) Results will still be graphed in a box and whisker plot and included in the set of school reports.

(8) In readiness for ACTAP 2003 the Government Schools Education Council (GSEC) consulted with parent and community group members represented on GSEC. They also drew on the results of a phone survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research and the Reporting Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes in Government Schools report. The first report from GSEC focused on the reporting of ACTAP results. A full consultation with stakeholders is planned as part of the full GSEC review of reporting to parents and the community.

Child care industry

(Question No 678)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services on 7 May 2003, upon notice:

Further to your answer to Question on Notice no 401 and in relation to the report on the inquiry into Workforce Issues in the ACT Child Care Industry:

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