Upon enrolment at Port School, each student undertakes an ACER test that informs us of their literacy and numeracy skills. The ACER Compass testing is a computer-based assessment of core reading and numeracy skills specifically designed for disengaged and educationally marginalised young people and adults. It is aligned to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), the common national reference point for describing performance in the core skill areas.
The assessment uses question prompts and selected responses to actively engage the student, with disrupted exposure to formal education, testing and assessment. These tests are conducted upon enrolment and recur at 6 monthly intervals and the assessment allows us to establish a baseline of the student’s levels and to build their educational goals from there.
We do not administer the NAPLAN as we do not offer WACE, instead we create educational and vocational pathways using the Certificate of General Education for Adults (See RTO link for more information). Viable academic and vocational pathways are the end goal, however we also focus on building the student’s confidence and facilitating their achievements in these core subjects.