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STTEP – Student Testing, Tracking and Enhancement Program

Historically, highly achieving students at Billanook were invited to join our Dimensions program, which provided the opportunity to show their strength in learning and extra-curricular activities. A review of the College’s previous program indicated that there was need for greater emphasis on the following:

  • Embedding enhancement opportunities for students within the curriculum.
  • Ensuring student potential was congruent with their learning outcomes.
  • Utilising the wealth of expertise and knowledge of Staff within the learning areas.

In response to these requirements, the College has developed, and is piloting a new program of identifying, supporting, tracking and enhancing high achieving students:

Student, Testing, Tracking and Enhancement Program – STTEP.

STTEP at Billanook College supports students who show a high level of general ability, identified through a range of assessments and various tracking tools. The College recognises that all children need educational opportunities that are consistent with their level of ability and skill in order to confidently explore their potential.

STTEP utilises a deeply embedded approach to target learning and development (across multiple domains) for our highly able students, including:

  • identification (based on standardised assessment entry testing) from amongst cohort, followed by tracking progress through the curriculum to provide personalised learning experiences.
  • collaboration with all learning areas to develop curriculum benchmarks to differentiate in-class opportunities for our highly able students and;
  • skill workshops and faculty based enhancement opportunities, providing experiences for students to further develop their knowledge and skills.

In 2019 Billanook College’s STTEP initiative is being piloted in the Secondary School (Years 7-12) and based on review, will rollout across our Primary School in 2020.

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