It is generally accepted that schools develop assessment that is consistent with the Australian curriculum framework. Assessment is the process of gathering and interpreting information about student progress for a variety of purposes including:
- To direct future planning and teaching
- To inform teachers, students and parents about current understandings or misconceptions
- To identify strengths and weaknesses
- To create a ‘point in time’ snapshot of a student’s performance
- To create a record of a student’s learning
- To enable teachers to report
Assessment needs to occur on a continuing basis during the year and will involve:
- Assessment for Learning – the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there (Assessment Reform Group 2002).
- Assessment as Learning – a process which enables students to monitor and reflect on their own learning, providing them with direction to fulfill their future learning goals.
- Assessment of Learning – the process of seeking evidence of student learning and making a comparison of this evidence against a set of achievement standards for this learning area and for the purpose of reporting to parents.