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1 An introduction to the Literacy and Numeracy unit standards

2 Slide show content Requirements common to the Literacy and Numeracy unit standards Information and resources available for planning, implementation, assessment and moderation Evidence gathering and recording Things to consider when planning for assessment

3 Background The following strategies and projects form the background
to the Literacy and Numeracy unit standard development: Government strategy to improve literacy and numeracy levels of all New Zealanders Adult Literacy Strategy (TEC) Alignment of Standards with the New Zealand Curriculum (MoE/NZQA)

4 Defining Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy is defined as: the written and oral language people use in their everyday life, learning and work. It includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Skills in this area are essential for good communication, active participation, critical thinking and problem solving. Numeracy is defined as: the bridge between mathematics and daily life. It includes the knowledge and skills needed to apply mathematics to everyday family and financial matters, learning, work and community tasks, social and leisure activities.

5 Underpinning requirements
The following requirements underpin all six standards: Learner evidence as a whole must reflect the required level Learner evidence must be naturally occurring Learners’ skills are transferable, and demonstrated over a period of time Learner evidence is assessed as a whole against the standard’s requirements The title and purpose of each standard must be met

6 1. Level of the standards The standards are registered at level one on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The Literacy standards align to Step/Koru 4 on the Adult Literacy Learning Progressions. The Numeracy standards align to Step/Koru 5 on the Adult Numeracy Learning Progressions. The standards are not aligned to the NZ Curriculum.

7 2. Naturally occurring evidence
The standards must be assessed on the basis of evidence that occurs naturally in real contexts (EN2). Naturally occurring evidence is derived from activities within a learning programme and/or from a candidate’s actual work performance and/or everyday life. Evidence may be gathered from: the classroom (from different courses, or different aspects of the same course) the workplace other contexts (eg family, sport, leisure, or community life). Authenticity of learner work must be ensured.

8 3. Transferable competencies demonstrated over a period of time
The assessor must be satisfied that the learner’s literacy or numeracy skills are transferable evidence of competence must be demonstrated across at least three separate activities (EN2). Evidence of competence must be demonstrated over a period of time evidence must have been demonstrated over a period of at least one month (EN3).

9 4. Assess learner’s performance as a whole
The standards lend themselves to a portfolio approach: Assess evidence of a learner’s performance as a whole against the requirements of the standard. The learner’s portfolio of evidence must reflect (or exceed) the appropriate step/koru of the adult learning progressions.

10 4. Assess learner’s performance as a whole - continued
Only standard (writing) requires all evidence requirements to be met in each piece of writing. For standard (speaking), ER 1.1 can be met across the portfolio of evidence (and ER 1.2 must be met in each interaction). In the rest, the evidence requirements can be met across the portfolio of evidence.

11 5. Title and purpose of standard must be met
Standard Write to communicate ideas for a purpose and audience Standard Use number to solve problems Standard Read texts with understanding Standard Actively participate in spoken interactions Standard Interpret statistical information for a purpose Standard Use measurement to solve problems

12 Relationship to teaching and learning programmes
So how do these unit standards relate to embedding the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy into courses and programmes? The embedding of literacy and numeracy teaching and learning is aimed at up-skilling learners so that they become more literate and more numerate. The Literacy and Numeracy unit standards are used to credential learners – to verify they have met this minimum level of competence.

13 Resources available From NZQA:
Information and resources for planning and implementation, assessment and moderation Adult Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions –

14 Assessment and moderation information and resources
Available from National external moderation requirements Assessed Work cover sheets (compulsory for national external moderation) Clarifications of unit standards Annotated exemplars Evidence collection sheets for Literacy unit standards (including observation sheets for 26625) - optional

15 Evidence collection and recording requirements
Evidence may be collected by someone other than the Literacy/Numeracy standard assessor. Ensure information about the situation and context from which the evidence is generated (EN2), and the date it was generated on (EN3) is recorded. The authenticity of the learner evidence must be attested to. Learner evidence (such as oral responses or practical performance) may need to be recorded (e.g. in writing or on video). Ensure this process has appropriate rigour.

16 Special assessment conditions
Ensure evidence generated under special assessment conditions is valid: Ensure any special assessment conditions do not compromise the valid assessment of the standard title, purpose and outcome statements. Standard (reading) - reader assistance is not acceptable. Standard (writing) – any writer assistance (including technological) must ensure the learner has independent control of the writing process.

17 Assessment of the portfolio of learner evidence
Look at the portfolio as a whole, and ascertain whether or not: the learner has achieved the standard title, purpose and outcome statement the portfolio as a whole is sitting at or above the appropriate step on the adult learning progressions. Then check to ensure the requirements of the standard (explanatory notes, outcome statement, range requirements, evidence requirements) are met.

18 National external moderation
Evidence and documentation required for moderation is the same as that required to make the assessment decision. Ensure documentation reflects that evidence was naturally occurring and generated over time.

19 Submission for national external moderation
Please: use current NZQA moderation cover sheets for each standard, and use NZQA standard-specific Assessed Work cover sheets for each learner’s evidence Submissions must include: learner evidence information that supports and contextualises the learner evidence, and reflects standard requirements assessor sign-off that the learner evidence, combined with the contextualising information, meets (or does not meet) the requirements of the standard acceptable/correct answers where activities are derived from a higher level of mathematics.

20 Considerations when in the planning stage
What are the underpinning requirements of the standards? Where is evidence already generated? Do further opportunities to generate evidence need to be incorporated into the course/programme? Are adequate literacy and numeracy teaching support and learning opportunities incorporated into the course/ programme? How will learners be identified?

21 Considerations continued
How can learners’ progress be tracked? How will learners’ portfolios of evidence be managed? Who will collect evidence? Who will assess the learner portfolios against the standards? Who will oversee the whole process?

22 Further information and assistance
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