All students at Southport Special School will undertake literacy assessment which is scheduled for terms one and three of each school year utilising disability specific assessment tools aligned to our pedagogical approach of Comprehensive Literacy Instruction. A copy of the school's Literacy Data Plan is available for you to view on the home page under “Quick links".
The critical information obtained from these assessments will support teachers in selecting evidence based high impact teaching strategies to inform next steps for teaching and learning. All teachers are involved in rigorous data analysis conversations to support their selection of the most appropriate pedagogical strategies which are outlined in the Southport Special School Instructional Playbooks.
Accurate data and analysis of the data also ensures students are accessing the appropriate level of the Australian Curriculum through their Individual Curriculum (ICP) Plans for students in Prep – Year 10. The data also supports all stakeholders to make informed decisions about appropriate goals for individual students to work towards across Years 11 and 12. By embedding relevant goals at the correct level of learning within a student's QCIA Plan staff will be able to support them in attaining their Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement.
At Southport Special School we also use the Roadmap of Communicative Competence (ROCC) to analyse student's communication competency and to develop evidence based individual communication goals.
Data from the ROCC also assists the school in identifying areas where we need to provide additional support across the school campus utilising the skills and knowledge of the AAC Lead teacher.
Cards are written twice within a calendar year – in Term 2 and Term 4. Report
Cards are directly linked to the ICP and the subjects covered with the Unit
Plans and Programs students’ access throughout a semester.