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The Education Adjustment Program Profile – Revised. Outline of Session. Background to the revision of the Education Adjustment Program Profile Review process Key changes Implementation timeline. Education Adjustment Program. The Education Adjustment Program (EAP) commenced in 2005.

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outline of session
Outline of Session
  • Background to the revision of the Education Adjustment Program Profile
  • Review process
  • Key changes
  • Implementation timeline
education adjustment program
Education Adjustment Program

The Education Adjustment Program (EAP) commenced in 2005.

setting the eap context
Setting the EAP context

The Education Adjustment Program

  • contributes to promoting inclusive and accountable curriculum for students with disabilities
  • provides foundation for resourcing processes

Quality Assurance Points

Recognised Specialists

DET Statewide Verifiers

Principal authorises accuracy

Validation process


Step 1


Step 2

Obtain & record parent permission to start process

Step 3

Diagnosis / Specialist Assessment

Step 4

Register student on database (AIMS)

Step 5

Verification of Disability


Step 6

EAP Profile/s completed and submitted

Step 7


the eap profile
The EAP Profile

What is it?

A questionnaire focusing on what adjustments school personnel currently make to support a student with disabilities in school.

the eap profile7
The EAP Profile

What does it do?

  • It records the education adjustments being made tosupport a student in accessing curriculum, achieving curriculum outcomes and participating in the life of the school.
  • The profile records the frequency of a sample of education adjustments.

Two EAP profiles exist until 29 June 2009:

  • EAP Profile - describes the range of adjustments schools make for students with disabilities in Years 1 to 12 and in special schools (74 items).
  • Beginning School Profile(BSP) - describes the adjustments made for children with disabilities in the year prior to compulsory education (77 items).

Most items have examples attached to them.

focus areas
Focus Areas

Both the EAP Profile and the Beginning School Profile consist of six focus areas:

  • Curriculum
  • Communication
  • Social Participation/Emotional Wellbeing
  • Health and Personal Care
  • Safety
  • Learning Environment/Access
review of profiles
Review of Profiles

The department identified the need to review the EAP Profile and Beginning School Profile as part of the ongoing review cycle for EAP.

purpose of the profile review
Purpose of the Profile Review

To review the EAP Profile and the BSP in terms of:

  • current best practice in education
  • conceptual clarity
  • investigating opportunities to reduce the workload requirements for school staff including specialist support staff
review process
Review Process
  • Statistical analysis of current profile items to consider reliability and validity for differentiating student and school needs
  • Draft Profile prepared
  • Statistical Study across a sample of students
  • Feedback analysed
  • Profile adjusted
  • Approval of Profile

The review process has been informed by broad consultation during:

  • the transition to full implementation of EAP from the start of 2005 to the commencement of 2008
  • the EAP validation process which has involved ongoing professional consultation regarding the use and interpretation of the EAP profile items
  • the development of the updated EAP profile manual during 2008.
revised profile changes
Revised Profile Changes
  • Deleting six (6) questions
  • Rewording of some questions
  • Clarifying the question intent
  • Changing frequency response options of some questions
  • Adjusting the layout of the profile
  • Using one EAP Profile for all students from Prep to Year 12
deleting six questions
Deleting Six Questions
  • Data analysis and feedback indicate that these questions are regularly misinterpreted and less discriminating.
  • The smaller number of profile questions to be completed will result in reduced workload.
  • The Revised EAP Profile has 68 questions replacing the current EAP Profile (74 questions) and the Beginning School Profile (77 questions).
rewording of some questions
Rewording of Some Questions
  • To enhance understanding
  • To ensure the language used within the profile is clearly linked with other departmental strategic priorities e.g. P-12 Curriculum Framework
  • To reduce time spent interpreting and understanding questions
clarifying question intent
Clarifying Question Intent
  • Clarified question intent ensures that profile questions are readily understood and will reduce the time spent interpreting questions.
changing frequency response options
Changing Frequency Response Options
  • Response options to some questions have been reduced.
  • Further frequency options have been added for some questions to more readily reflect the frequency of adjustments made.
adjusting the layout
Adjusting the Layout
  • Consistent subheadings and frequency options have been used to support understanding across the profile.
  • Clear and consistent structure will reduce time spent in completing the profile.
one eap profile
One EAP Profile
  • The revised EAP Profile replaces both the EAP Profile and the BSP.
  • The BSP was developed for the transition from preschool to Year 1 and does not accurately reflect the current transition from Prep to Year 1.
  • The revised EAP Profile will be used for students from Prep to Year 12, eliminating the need to be familiar with multiple tools.
updating aims
Updating AIMS

AIMS will be updated to include the revised EAP Profile from the beginning of Semester 2 2009.

summary of eap profile review
Summary of EAP Profile Review
  • One profile
  • Quicker
  • Easier to understand
  • Linked to the P-12 Curriculum Framework
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The EAP Profile

Underlying principles and assumptions for the EAP Profile remain the same:

  • It is designed to report adjustments currently being made for a student
  • The Profile samples the adjustments the school makes to meet a student's needs
  • The appropriateness of recorded adjustments remain the decision of the school. Selecting and prioritising the appropriateness of education adjustments is integral to the way teachers plan and deliver a quality curriculum.
the eap profile24
The EAP Profile

Schools will not be disadvantaged by the implementation of the revised EAP Profile and the discontinuation of the current two EAP Profile instruments.

implementation timeline
Implementation Timeline
  • BSP current for Semester 1 2009 – all students on BSP to be transitioned to revised EAP Profile by the end of 2009.
  • The revised EAP Profile will replace the current EAP profile from the beginning of Semester 2 2009 (13 July 2009).
  • Education Adjustment Program Handbook will incorporate the revised profile.
  • Website updated Term 3 2009.
further information
Further Information

EAP Website

Gateway to Educational Adjustments and Programming

Gateway Registration Information