Schools should measure student attainment using a standardised assessment tool at the commencement and the conclusion of tutor learning.
To support this, all Victorian government schools will continue to have free access to the ACER Progressive Achievement Test (PAT) linear and adaptive assessment tools until 31 December 2023. Schools are strongly encouraged to use the Adaptive PAT-R (Reading) and Adaptive PAT-M (Mathematics) for students in Years 3 to 10 to measure student achievement at the start and at the conclusion of their participation in the tutoring program. Schools have also been provided with access to the PAT Online Assessment and Reporting System (OARS).
Other high-quality standardised assessment tools recommended for use in the TLI include:
- the Digital Assessment Library – schools are strongly encouraged to include the English and Mathematics assessments for Years 2 to 10, developed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
- the English Online Interview and the Mathematics Online Interview via the Insight Assessment
- Abilities Based Learning and Education Support assessment tools
- Reading and Vocabulary Assessment Tool for students with English as an Additional Language .
The National Numeracy Learning and National Literacy Learning are also useful resources to map student's developmental progress.
ACER statewide licence
Schools with existing state-wide accounts in 2022 will have their access automatically renewed. Government schools who have not yet signed up to access the free PAT state-wide licence, can sign up at PAT Statewide Licence – .
By participating in this license arrangement, you agree to ACER sharing with the department’s Performance and Evaluation Division your school’s student level assessment data, to support evaluation of programs such as the Tutor Learning Initiative.
The adaptive PAT-R and adaptive PAT-M are usually used to compare learning growth over a time interval of 9 to 12 months.
English Online Interview and Mathematics Online Interview
Primary schools are also strongly encouraged to consider having tutors complete the EOI and MOI assessments for TLI students in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 before commencing tutoring and again in Term 4.
It is recommended that a different EOI module is used to assess students for a second time in Term 4 because each module uses different reading texts and asks different questions.
The recommended EOI modules for each year level and term are as follows:
|Year level||Term 1 2023||Term 4 2023|
|Start of Foundation year||Module 1||Module 2|
|Start of Year 1||Module 2||Module 3|
|Start of Year 2||Module 3||Module 4|
Teachers have the flexibility to choose the most appropriate module for their students. This decision should be made balancing the recommendations above with the particular needs of the individual student, with consideration given to the range of difficulty of the tasks and questions in each module.
Reviewed 20 March 2023