The Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) was initially developed to improve the consistency of overall teacher judgments and provide a measure of student progress in relation to the National Standards. Two updates to PaCT were released in May 2018, and this set of FAQ addresses one of these: reporting against the New Zealand Curriculum. The second set of FAQ describes the second update: the extension of the PaCT frameworks. Further updates are planned over the next 12 months, and the support material on this site will be significantly revised to reflect this work.
PaCT now reports progress and achievement against the New Zealand Curriculum
The Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) has been updated so that it can be used to track progress and achievement in relation to the levels of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). This update means that users can choose to show either the NZC levels or the National Standards for confirming judgments and viewing reports.
1. How does PaCT report against the NZC?
The PaCT frameworks were designed in the context of the NZC. The reading, writing, and mathematics frameworks that underpin PaCT address the various aspects of students’ expertise as they use their reading and writing in curriculum tasks or solve mathematical problems. These frameworks, which are the basis of teacher judgments, have not changed. The way that PaCT generates a scale score range for each student on the basis of these judgments also remains the same.
The levels of the NZC have now been mapped against the PaCT scale, in the same way that the National Standards were mapped, enabling teachers to track progress and achievement in relation to the NZC.
2. What has changed in PaCT to enable reporting against the levels of the NZC?
Most things remain the same. As shown below in grey, teachers continue to make judgments in relation to sets of illustrations, and PaCT uses these judgments to generate a scale score range on the PaCT scale. PaCT has always been able to display these scale score ranges in relation to the National Standards. The change, shown below in blue, is that PaCT can now display these scale score ranges against the levels of the NZC. Users choose to display either the NZC levels or the National Standards.
3. Can PaCT still report against the National Standards?
Yes, the update to PaCT makes it possible to report against either the NZC levels or the National Standards.
4. How do schools select whether judgments are confirmed against the NZC levels or the National Standards?
Schools can choose to display either the NZC levels or the National Standards in the pages where teacher judgments are confirmed. The administrator can make this change in the settings area of the Manage tab. This is one of the two places where a choice can be made between displays.
5. How do teachers select whether reports are viewed against the NZC levels or the National Standards?
Teachers can choose to display either the NZC levels or the National Standards in reports for their own class. Teachers can make this change in the settings area of the Reports tab. This is one of the two places where a choice can be made between displays.
6. What do PaCT achievement reports look like now?
7. What do PaCT progress reports look like now?
8. How do the dots, which represent the sets of illustrations, relate to the levels of the NZC?
The NZC levels were mapped to the PaCT scale using a “standard-setting” activity. The activity involved a group of subject-matter experts, including teachers, facilitators, and academics, considering the sets of illustrations and their best fit with curriculum levels. Their decisions were then synthesised across all the aspects to determine a band for each curriculum level on the PaCT scale.
When a dot, which represents a set of illustrations, falls within a curriculum band it indicates that the skills and knowledge exemplified by the illustrations are an important part of meeting the demands of that curriculum level.
As illustrated, each set is a best fit for one curriculum level.
9. Will the judgments we have already made in relation to the National Standards still be available?
Yes. Teacher judgments are made in relation to sets on the frameworks and then synthesised to create a scale score range on the PaCT scale. This has not changed. When you select “National Standards”, you will view the PaCT range in relation to the National Standards. When you select “Curriculum Levels”, you will view the PaCT range in relation to levels of the NZC.
10. Can I use this tool with ESOL students?
Yes. You can use PaCT with any students in years 1 to 10.
Download this set of FAQ PaCT now reports against the NZC [PDF, 902 KB]