Assessment and reporting for EAL students

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) standards are found in the current curriculum document, the Companion to the AusVELS.

The Companion provides a framework for developing effective learning programs for students learning English as a second or additional language in Victorian schools.

For details of the EAL Companion, see: EAL Companion to the AusVELS

Assessment and reporting

The English language learning progress of EAL students should be assessed against the EAL standards.

The EAL Developmental Continuum P-10 provides indicators of progress that highlight the understandings required by students to progress through the standards outlined in the EAL Companion. The evidence-based indicators of progress, linked to practical teaching strategies, are designed to support the planning of programs and the assessment of EAL students.  

For details of the EAL Developmental Continuum, see: EAL Developmental Continuum P-10

The progress of EAL students learning English should be reported against the EAL standards outlined in the EAL Companion to the AusVELS, rather than the English standards.

 For more information about reporting the progress of EAL students across all subject areas, see: Reporting the achievements of EAL students

New EAL curriculum

The VCAA released the draft Victorian curriculum F–10 EAL curriculum in Term 1, 2019. The curriculum and support resources are available for familiarisation, feedback and optional implementation in 2019. A final version of the EAL curriculum will be published in December 2019, with full implementation expected to commence from Term 1 2020.

The draft curriculum, support resources, EAL Companion to AusVELS and a link to provide feedback are available from the VCAA website: English as an Additional Language

2019 arrangements for Victorian government schools

Schools have the option to trial the draft curriculum or continue to use the EAL Companion to AusVELS for curriculum advice.

Schools should continue to assess and report the progress of EAL learners against the EAL standards outlined in both the EAL Companion to the AusVELS and the EAL Developmental Continuum. These standards are closely aligned with the standards of the draft curriculum.

The Department will develop and publish further advice about assessment and reporting for 2020 after the curriculum is finalised.

Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy (TEAL)

The TEAL toolkit has been developed by the Department in partnership with the University of New South Wales and in collaboration with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria.

TEAL is an online resource for teachers of primary and secondary students who are learning English as a second or additional language in Australia.  It brings together a range of tools and advice for the assessment and reporting of the English language proficiency and progress of students within an ‘assessment for learning’ framework.

TEAL supports teachers to build their own assessment literacy and to assess EAL students' Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing and Writing skills against the stages of the EAL standards.

TEAL supports the assessment of all EAL learners in Victorian schools including students from a refugee background, students born in Australia or overseas and fee-paying international students.

The Reading and Vocabulary assessment for EAL students (RVEAL) is an assessment instrument developed for use with EAL learners in Years 3 to 10. It is available to all Victorian schools. To learn about how to access RVEAL, visit the TEAL assessment resource centre.

For more information, see:  Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy (TEAL)