Upfront Assessment of Need Professional Development Sessions

Four professional development sessions in 2020 will cover information on understanding and implementing Upfront Assesment of Need. 

Four different workshops are proposed to be run consecutively over three days in March 2020, aimed at staff in Registered Training Organisations (RTOs):

  1. Beginners Introduction to the LLN assessments in the CSPA/LANCA - Wednesday 4 March 2020
  2. Using the updated FSK: Foundation Skills Training Package 2.0 - Thursday 5 March 2020
  3. Interpreting the new diagnostic information in the 2020 CSPA/LANCA Skill Area reports (Reading) - Friday 6 March 2020 (am)
  4. Interpreting the new diagnostic information in the 2020 CSPA/LANCA Skill Area reports (Numeracy) - Friday 6 March 2020 (pm)

Please express your interest in the sessions using the form (below). Expressions of interest will close on 13 December 2019.

Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm (Afternoon tea provided)

A hands on session best suited for beginner administrators and trainers to familiarise themselves with the ACER assessments that are used as part of the Upfront Assessment of Need.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Background and introduction to ACER and its assessments
  • Why assessing LLN is critical
  • Components of the Upfront Assessment of Need LLN assessments (SRNI & CSPA/LANCA)
  • Administering the SRNI/CSPA/LANCA:
  • Creating candidate logins
  • Assigning assessments
  • Sending logins
  • Generating reports
  • Trouble-shooting

Date: Thursday 5 March 2020

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (catering provided)

Over the last few years the Foundation Skill Training Package (FSK) has been reviewed and revised, with the new 2.0 version being released in November 2019. This review was the first opportunity to reflect on the use and the content of the FSK after its initial implementation across Australia. After much consultation and many discussions, a revised structure for the FSK was created and units were revised and updated to reflect the feedback received. This workshop will outline the major changes and enhancements to the FSK qualifications and units, and consider how to use it to address LLN needs at your RTO.

This workshop will be best suited for trainers (vocational and LLN) who are delivering and supporting the Upfront Assessment of Need and LLN activities.

Key points covered will include:

  • Why addressing LLN in VET is critical and why the FSK was developed
  • The FSK review process and key feedback from consultations
  • The status of the revised FSK
  • The purposes of the FSK
  • Refresh re the ACSF – the basis of the FSK
  • The changes to the structure of the FSK, including of the qualifications
  • Changes to the units – what has changed? New Units and the revised existing units
  • Using the FSK to support LLN in your training.

Date: Friday 6 March 2020:

  • Morning session - Reading: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm (catering provided)
  • Afternoon session - Numeracy: 1:00 am to 4:30 pm (catering provided)

The new 2020 CSPA/LANCA assessment includes a new report (called the Skill Area Group report) which enables trainers to access data and information about a group of learners and see their performance on each question in both the Reading and Numeracy assessments. This will enable trainers to identify common areas of difficulty or misunderstanding across the group (or at an individual level) on different texts or in different areas of content and hence better target their L&N teaching and training. This hands-on workshop will include specific examples of how to teach and support learners in particular areas in both reading and numeracy. 

These two workshops are best suited for those who are involved in the interpreting of the LLN assessments, and in providing support for numeracy and literacy.

The morning session will focus on reading whilst the afternoon session will focus on numeracy, enabling RTOs and trainers to attend both sessions.

Key points covered will include:

  • How to access these diagnostic Skill Area Group reports in the CSPA/LANCA
  • Interpreting the Skill Area Group reports
  • Analysing some sample learner data and identifying specific teaching strategies and approaches that could be used to support a learner in overcoming identified misunderstandings and misconceptions.

About the Facilitator

David Tout, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

David is a Senior Research Fellow in numeracy and mathematics at ACER, and is recognised as one of Australia's leading adult literacy and numeracy personnel with over 40 years’ experience in the VET sector, working across schools, TAFEs, ACE providers, universities and workplaces. Dave has wide experience at a state, national and international level in research, curriculum, assessment and professional development. Dave is one of the authors of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). Dave has been involved in the development of a wide range of assessments in literacy and numeracy for both youth and adults, including international assessments such as PIAAC and PISA.

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