OWA alignment to the ACSF - Why?

The Australian Core Skills Framework is the common national reference point for describing performance in the core skill areas.

  • Learning
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Oral communication
  • Numeracy

The ACSF draws on current theory and is informed by the extensive expertise of specialist practitioners in the five core skill areas. It provides a rich, detailed picture of real-life performance in adult learning, as well as a consistent approach to the identification of core skills requirements in diverse personal, community, work and training contexts.

The ACSF is increasingly gaining recognition in the education sector and within industry as the objective national benchmark for core skills performance evaluation. The ACSF:

  • Satisfies a variety of purposes, and the requirements of a range of users
  • Reflects and promotes good educational practice
  • Is fair, valid and reliable, and
  • Is functional in practice.

In the ACSF, the core skill of Writing recognises the following:

  • Writing performance is influenced by whether the writing fulfills its purpose and meets the needs of its intended audience.
  • Writing performance at higher levels includes the ability to write for an increasing range of purposes and audiences.
  • Writing performance at higher levels incorporates increasing depth of knowledge and skill in writing in specialist areas.

The OWA assessment criteria (all levels)

  1. Purpose and audience
  2. Quality of ideas
  3. Text cohesion
  4. Language choices
  5. Sentence structure
  6. Punctuation of sentences
  7. Punctuation within sentences
  8. Spelling

ACSF indicators and focus areas

The OWA assessment criteria align directly to the following ACSF writing indicators and their focus areas:

05: Range

05: Audience and purpose

05: Register

05: Structure and cohesion

05: Plan, draft, proof and review

06: Grammar

06: Vocabulary

06: Punctuation

06: Spelling