From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
2017 Key information
From 2017, the Fractions and Decimals Online Interview (FDOI) is accessible online. See:
Insight Assessment Platform
About the Fractions and Decimals Online Interview
The Fractions and Decimals Online Interview (FDOI) is a powerful tool to support teachers to assess the mathematical understandings and strategies of fractions, decimals, ratio and percentage of students in the Breadth stage of schooling.
This assessment is used by teachers in a one-on-one interview situation to determine students’ existing mathematical knowledge in relation to rational number concepts.
The Interview is targeted in the first instance for student in Years 5 to 8 but is also a valuable tool for assessing high achieving students in Year 4 or at-risk students in Year 10.
It will allow comprehensive collated data to be available that can be compared within schools to better understand student achievement and monitor student progress.
The Fractions and Decimals Online Interview is accessible from the
Insight Assessment Platform
School user guide
This comprehensive manual and tip sheet can support users of the Interview to conduct the interview, and print student profiles:
The following document is useful for familiarising teachers with the tasks and the language used in the interview and contains the teacher script question by question:
The following is the full list of printable materials required to conduct the interview. Use this list to ensure all materials are prepared according to the requirements of the interview:
Mapping the Interview to the Victorian Curriculum
The following document links each task from the Fractions and Decimal Interview to the Overarching Big Idea to which it relates. The task and the big idea are then related to the content description from the Victorian Curriculum F-10: Mathematics which provides the best match. Key aspects of the Proficiencies to the Interview task and related Overarching Big Idea are also included:
The following is a list of knowledge, skills and behaviours which students who have connected understandings of fraction ideas may possess:
Definitions of strategies
This resource will assist teachers in developing their understanding in relation to the types of strategies that students use to demonstrate their fraction understanding:
These activities provide engaging tasks relating to questions in the Fractions and Decimals Online Interview. Teachers may use the activities to develop students’ understanding of the key ideas underpinning the Interview questions:
Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years
The following assessment materials, learning plans, authentic tasks and research findings are from the project that investigated a new assessment-guided approach to improving student numeracy outcomes in Years 4 to 8. The project identified and refined a Learning and Assessment Framework for the development of multiplicative thinking in the middle years using rich assessment tasks:
Assessment for common misunderstandings
The following assessment tools are based on a series of highly focussed, research-based Probe Tasks. The Probe Task Manual includes a number of additional tasks and resources which have been organised to address common misunderstandings:
This selection of professional readings will support teachers to develop a deep understanding about the research underpinning the development of the Fractions and Decimals Online Interview: