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Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) initiative

Assessments for MYLNS students

MYLNS Assessment Tool

The MYLNS assessment tool is open for teachers to use with their students in Term 1 and Term 4. The 2023 testing window dates are 13 March – 7 April and 13 November – 1 December.

The MYLNS assessment tool is available on the Digital Assessment LibraryExternal Link and includes separate assessments of literacy and numeracy, designed specifically for Year 10 students who achieved below the National Minimum Standard in Reading and/or Numeracy in their Year 9 NAPLAN results:

  • MYLNS Assessment for literacy support students (literacy assessments) – covers the Reading and Viewing mode of the English Curriculum Levels 5-9, including the Language, Literature and Literacy strands
  • MYLNS Assessment for numeracy support students (numeracy assessments) – covers all aspects of the Mathematics Curriculum Levels 5-9, including the Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability strands.

The MYLNS assessment tool provides teachers with a report indicating the student’s level of curriculum achievement. Teachers are encouraged to use this tool to both identify student point of need and measure learning achievement at the start and at the conclusion of their participation in the MYLNS initiative.

MYLNS Student Engagement Tool

The MYLNS Student Engagement Tool (SET) is comprised of 2 surveys (one for mathematics and one for reading) measuring students’ perceptions of, and engagement in, their learning in literacy or numeracy throughout the MYLNS initiative.

The department recommends that the survey is completed at least twice a year with students for teachers to gain insights over time.

The SET provides valuable insights for the improvement teacher, enabling them to identity each student's attitudes or beliefs about their academic achievement, personal capabilities and engagement, and how their students are responding to their inclusion in the initiative.

Improvement teachers can use the SET to identify patterns or consistencies in the domains included in the survey, at an individual level and across the MYLNS initiative cohort. Results can be compared with other available data sets that support student engagement, such as the Attitudes to School Survey.

The SET is available for use throughout the school year. Improvement Teachers can access the SET via their school’s ACER OARSExternal Link account. Schools can contact the MYLNS inbox ( with any queries regarding accessing the SET.

Guidance chapter on assessments for MYLNS students

Reviewed 17 August 2023

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