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Religious Literacy Assessment

This Assessment of Religious Literacy project is part of a larger collaborative initiative, Partners in Learning, which has been established between the Catholic Education Office, Wollongong and Australian Catholic University (ACU). One goal of this project is for ACU to assist the Diocese and schools in telling the story regarding learning and assessment in the area of Religious Education in primary schools. An important element of the partnership is that parents, teachers, clergy and other groups will be involved in documenting and sharing the good news about students' learning in this very important key learning area and telling the story on a continuing basis.

The concept of 'religious literacy' as a framework for assessment in Religious Education in Wollongong was first developed from conversations between teachers and CEO personnel with the ACU team. Being religiously literate requires children leaving a Catholic primary school to be able to communicate with and be at home in Catholic society and religion in general. Thus assessment of religious literacy will focus on students knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that are being addressed by the Religious Education program and the childrens ability to communicate with their religious tradition.

A direct aim of the Religious Literacy Project is the development of an assessment program in religious literacy during the primary cycle. The Religious Literacy Assessment for Year 4 is one of the initiatives emanating from this consultation process.


The purpose of the assessment instrument is:

  • to profile and understand the extent and level of religious literacy with regard to students learning across Early Stage 1, Stage 1 and Stage 2.  
  • to enable students to show not only what they have achieved, but also demonstrate their ability to work with and apply what they have learnt.
  • to influence learning and accountability and drive a culture of reflection on learning and pedagogy in RE. 

The Religious Literacy Assessment is completed in Year 4 and is divided into two sections:

  • Part A Multiple Choice/restricted answer and short answer/performance questions reflecting Early Stage 1, Stage 1 and Stage 2 outcomes and content in RE Part B 2015 Cover.jpg


  • Part B Extended Task Scenario with the focus derived from Unit 4.6 One With God's Creation.

Part A is to be administered to all Year 4 students across the Diocese on Monday, 24 August 2015.

Part B the Extended Task is completed during class time as part of the Year 4 Unit 4.6 One With God's Creation.


Jo Kenny -Education Officer Primary RE

42 530 838 






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 Religious Literacy Resources

Folder: Part B Resources
Folder: Part B Work Samples 2012
Folder: Part B Work Samples 2013
Folder: Part B Work Samples 2014
Folder: Photos from Marking Day 2013
2015 Rel Lit Data Analysis Staff Meeting.ppt
Marking Guidelines 2015.pdf
Part B- Extended task 2015.pdf
Part B Student Criteria Marking Sheet 2015.pdf
Religious Literacy Assessment Handbook 2015.pdf