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Hi we live in NSW and just wondering if anyone knows where I could find tests to see where DSS is up to accademically?
He came to live with us a few months ago and I know he is behind, but what to use holidays to help with this a bit.
Anyone know where any tests are so i can find out excally what he needs help with??
Seeing that it is holidays for the ed system I don't think you'll get access to wht you need atm.
In Vic the VELS are available online.
How old or what year level equivalent would he be and maybe a few primary teachers on here can give you some pointers/guide
Whoops - just saw in your sig he's 8 - so is my DS.
Maths - adding and subtraction up to 3 units/places (ie 100's plus 1's, 10's and 100's), 2's,5's'10's and 11's tables and starting on 4's and 9's. Telling the time to quarters (ie 9.00, 9.15, 9.30, 9.45) and getting an idea of 5 past, 10 past also reading digital to circular clocks etc. BOMDAS, using a scale rule to measure in cm's
Reading - up to simple chapter books
Geography, knowing northern/southern hemisphere, finding Australia and all the capital cities, understanding basics of deserts, bush, city, suburban, locean, beach etc, understanding population, understanding country of origin
Does that help? - my DS is probably about just average
NSW uses NAPLAN testing for numeracy and literacy, past tests can be found here (http://www.naplan.edu.au/home_page.html), they might give you an idea of where he is up to. I am pretty sure some homeschooling sites also have tests for you to do at home too.
NAPLAN is australia wide, but only relevant really if your child will be in grade 3 or 5 this year. The test usually occurs in August (from memory, haven't worked in a while :p) so take that into consideration if you sit down with him to try one :)
Try googling something along the lines of NSW primary curriculum and see what you get. Like WCM pointed out Vic's VELS are online, so I don't see why NSW would be much different.
I wouldn't be trusting tests really tbh. I'm a teacher and they're not a true indication of a child's ability IMO.
Check this website for what your child should be able to do in English, Mathematics and other areas:
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