Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice (Secondary)

  • Audience
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    7 months
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  • Fees
    $495.00 Co-contribution


Literacy Data Assessment and Practice (Secondary) aims to develop secondary educators’ knowledge and skills in the use of reliable and effective literacy data.

The course’s primary focus is formative assessment and pedagogies in reading, writing, vocabulary, speaking and listening across all subject areas. This learning enables you to assess and build readers, writers, vocabulary users and conversationalists who communicate effectively and participate fully in all subject areas.

Through a supportive, online environment and by actively engaging in learning activities based on the latest learning theory, you will build your pedagogical knowledge and skills to support the use of reliable and effective literacy data at your school.

A variant of this course is also offered to primary educators, see Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice (Primary). Both courses are part of our Literacy Suite


Designed for teachers in Victorian government secondary schools.

Over 7 months, you will engage in and contribute to:

  • 5 core modules
  • 1 introductory module
  • 1 concluding module
  • an applied learning project
  • facilitated discussion boards.

The estimated time commitment is between 7 to 9 hours per month.

Applied learning project

The applied learning project focuses on an area aligned with your school’s Annual Implementation Plan goals. It involves a mini FISO improvement/inquiry cycle, with a short 500-word reflective piece shared on the concluding discussion board.

Course underpinnings

The 9 key underpinnings of this course are:

  1. A school vision for data use paves the way to creating a culture of using data to inform practice.
  2. Educators need to have clear understandings of the terms ‘data’ and ‘data literacy’.
  3. Educators need to apply appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions to use data effectively.
  4. Effective secondary school leaders create, promote and maintain a whole school culture for literacy.
  5. Effective secondary school leaders develop strong teaching teams and make time for intentional collaborative work, where teachers are engaged in continuous cycles of inquiry using valid, reliable and useful data.
  6. The informational needs of all instructional decision-makers require a balance of assessment strategies and tools.
  7. Effective decision-making relies on a synthesis of multiple sources of information.
  8. Formative assessment is central to improved literacy outcomes for students.
  9. Teacher feedback about student learning is essential for students and integral to teaching, learning and assessment.

These underpinnings are explored during the introductory module and the first core module.

By participating in this course, you will develop an understanding of:

  • the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions of data literate educators
  • how to gather evidence (both generic and learning-area specific) of students’ literacy skills and knowledge
  • the teaching strategies that build students’ literacy skills, enabling them to gain understanding and synthesise knowledge
  • why ongoing formative assessment is crucial for improving student outcomes at the classroom level.

The course fees are significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.

Co-contribution: $495 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant. 

See Fees and financial support for more information.

Zara White
Course Coordinator
03 8199 2984

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