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Maths 2.0 Reporting

Dear Parents and Carers

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) recently published its revised Mathematics curriculum (Mathematics curriculum 2.0). The Victorian Government changed the F-10 school Mathematics curriculum to raise Australian learning outcomes to meet higher international standards.

All Victorian government schools will start using the Mathematics curriculum 2.0 in 2024 or 2025. At Seville Primary School, we are using the revised mathematics curriculum for delivery and school reporting from Semester 1 2024.In some cases, we’re experiencing student attainment levels obtained in Victorian Curriculum 2.0 Numeracy assessments to be lower than levels achieved in assessment tasks from version 1.0. This might mean that your child achieves a lower level this year than they did last year with their progression points.

On your child’s previous report, the teacher reported against the 3 strands of the achievement standard for mathematics (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability) resulting in 3 progression points. The Mathematics curriculum 2.0 now has 6 strands (Number, Pattern and Algebra, Measurement, Space, Statistics and Probability) and your child’s teacher will report against the achievement standard as a whole, providing a single, aggregated progression point.

As the achievement standards reported on have changed, the first time you receive a report under the Mathematics 2.0 curriculum, it will only show achievement and not progress. For all reports after this, progress will be shown against the single achievement standard.

Please be reassured that it is likely that your child’s learning and capabilities in Mathematics have not regressed – rather, the curriculum targets have been changed. This may mean that your child’s overall mathematics attainment level in 2024 may be showing as lower than in 2023.

The changes highlight that the Victorian Government expects more from the learning area of Mathematics, the new Curriculum is more challenging, in multiple areas. We wish to reassure you that, in these cases, the lower levels are not the reflection of the teacher or the learner. Instead, they highlight the differences between the two curriculum versions. I want to reassure families that their child’s actual attainment has not changed – but the curriculum targets have. As a result, a child’s overall mathematics attainment level in 2024 may be lower than in 2023 due to these raised targets.

Our staff are adjusting their teaching and planning to the new curriculum but it will take time to adjust. We will be focusing on learning growth as we navigate this period of curriculum transition. If you have any queries about the changes to curriculum and/or your child’s report, please discuss with your classroom teacher or myself.

Regards

Mr. Chris Dossor