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1. evaluate or estimate. 2. set the value of a tax, fine, etc. for [a person or property].
- DERIVATIVES assessable, adjective; assessment, noun; assessor, noun. Old French assesser, from Latin assidere ‘sit by [later ‘levy tax’]’.
Assessment is integral to all aspects of learning, not just because it is required, but because it allows us to judge the effectiveness of the learning process both for those presenting the material and for those learning through it. Educators can review, refine and improve what is offered. It allows learners to know how well they have learned and what they have to do to improve future learning. It can be used at every level from early childhood to higher education and be either individual or system wide assessment.
There is no single assessment method which is best for every situation. Some are easier to use, though not necessarily more effective. The assessment format used should always provide the best information to manage ongoing improvement.
This page looks at assessment processes for all Australian states & territories.
The Second Page looks at national information, software, documents, professional development, specific types of assessment and more. Individual Education Plan information can be found via the link provided.
The Assessment pages should be used in conjunction with the Reporting page.
States & Territory Information
Australian Capital Territory
- ACT Scaling Test
Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
Department of Education and Training Directorate
- Access to Student Records
Document providing essential information.
- Performance Indicators in Primary Schools [PIPS]
‘The early years assessment program uses Performance Indicators in Primary Schools to assess early reading, phonics and numeracy skills of students in their first year of school’. For more about this program, check Performance Indicators in Primary Schools from the University of WA.
- Teachers’ Guide to Assessment
2011. ‘Written as a support to ACT teachers in developing and clarifying understanding about assessment practices’.
New South Wales
Board of Studies
- Assessment Resource Centre
‘Supports and enhances professional practice in the assessment and reporting of student achievement across Years K to 12. Developed primarily for teachers, although parents and students will also find it useful’. Covers school sections, Assessment Links, a Glossary of Terms and assessment for learning in the new years 7-10 syllabuses.
- ACE Manual : Assessment Certification Examination
‘Provides current, easily accessible information to principals, teachers, parents and students about the rules and procedures set by the Board of Studies for secondary education in New South Wales’.
- HSC Assessment
“A Guide to Best Practice”. ‘Produced to assist schools and teachers in continuing to design and implement good policies and procedures for the Higher School Certificate Assessment’.
- HSC Assessment
Read more about this under a number of sections and links to related information.
- Standards-referenced Assessment in Primary Schools
‘Information about the assessment of student progress against specified standards. It looks at four key questions’.
Department of Education and Communities
- Consistent Teacher Judgement
“In action - A Resource for Schools”. ‘Revised to reflect the Curriculum Programming and Planning, Assessing and Reporting K-12 policy’. Covers consistency, moderation, assessment as well as support materials including Professional Development material.
Highly Recommended !
- Curriculum Planning, Programming, …
Policy, reporting to parents, assessment, reporting support materials, Q & As, a parent section, more. Some sections restricted to NSW School Intranet access.
- K-6 Assessment
- Principles for Assessment & Reporting, -6
- Yrs 7-12 Assessment and Reporting
NAPLAN, ESSA, Record of School Achievement, HSC, Assessing your child’ learning - K-10 [PDF].
- Principles of Assessment and Reporting in NSW Public Schools
‘Sets out the principles that underpin the assessment of student learning in NSW Government schools and the reporting of that learning to parents’.
- Assessment Policy - TAFE NSW
‘Outlines the framework in which learning is assessed within TAFE NSW’.
- Canberra & Goulburn CEO
‘Assessment Policy’. [Menu links - Parents/Policies/Students].
- Higher Education Assessment Policy - TAFE NSW
‘Ensures students have fulfilled subject learning outcomes, and that assessments are valid, reliable, consistent, equitable’.
Department of Education
Assessment of Student Competencies
‘Consists of 47 competencies. Assessment is required for all Transition students attending government schools. These resources are also available to non-government schools’.
- Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Guidelines
‘These guidelines provide further advice for schools on how to implement the Northern Territory Board of Studies Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Policy : Transition to Year 9’.
- Curriculum, Assessment, Reporting and Certification Policy : Years 10-12
‘This document should be read in conjunction with the Curriculum, Assessment, Reporting and Certification Guidelines : Years 10-12’.
NAPLAN Assessment and Reporting
‘Information on the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), when the test is taken and how the results are provided’.
National and International Assessments
‘This page has information on national and international assessments’.
- NTCET Statistics
‘The statistics are organised in five different categories : subject enrolments, subject results, recognised learning, completion and pathways’.
- Assessment and Reporting [EQ]
Multiple sections cover both aspects.
- P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework. You can download a copy of their Assessment Policy here.
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority
- Assessment Bank
Accessing Assessments, Australian Curriculum, Queensland Curriculum, Archive, contact details for further information.
- Assessment : From the Syllabus to the Classroom
‘Information about how to use senior syllabus documents to design assessment, provide teaching and learning experiences, and make judgements about achievement in a school-based context’. Video segments.
- Australian Curriculum Sample Assessments
Covers P-10 levels for the areas now implemented.
- Designing Good Assessment
‘Outlines principles for designing good assessment. The resource addresses the key question - is the assessment valid, clear and fair ?’ Video.
- Senior Assessment Hub
‘Provides a direct link to the assessment tab on each of the senior syllabus web pages’.
- Senior Moderation Hub
General Information, Special Provisions, Forms & Procedures, Reports, Information for Panellists.
- Student Assessment
P-12 Assessment Program Overview, policy, P-12 assessment and moderation resources.
Catholic Education Office
- Assessment & Reporting : Catholic Education Office
A second site detailing this can be found at Assessment & Reporting[Catholic Education South Australia]. Also check How We Assess, information for students, a culture of care, more.
- Assessment & Reporting
Areas include &:
Assessment and School Reports
Overview of this area from sa.gov.au.
International Student Assessments
‘International assessments are used to monitor the performance of Australian students compared with students in other countries’.
- Middle Years Development Instrument
‘A survey for children aged 8 to 14 that collects information from students on non-academic factors relevant to learning and participation’.
- Reflect Respect Relate
‘A hard copy resource for assessing learning and development in the early years. It is a self-paced package to support educators of children from birth to age 8’.
- SACE Board of South Australia
Senior Secondary. Includes a section on Assessment.
- SACE International
‘An internationally recognised pre-university program. SACE International was previously known as the South Australian Matriculation [SAM] program’. Booklets, documents, overview, more.
- SACSA Framework
Framework including assessment.
Department of Education
- Assessment and Reporting Policy
‘Sets out requirements that will inform departmental, school and classroom assessment and reporting practices, in schools and colleges K-12’.
- Assessment and Reporting Procedures
‘Procedures established to support the Assessment and Reporting Policy’.
- Assessment Programs
Kindergarten development check, national, international assessments used.
- Tasmanian Catholic Education - Assessment, Reporting and Moderation [PDF file] and Principles of Assessment and Reporting [PDF file].
- Tasmanian Qualifications Authority
Multiple sections from External Assessment Information to Assessment Only Qualifications, more.
- Assessing and Reporting Your Child’s Progress
All levels of schooling. Includes information about VCAA and NAPLAN. Catholic Education Melbourne.
Department of Education and Trainingt
- Additional Resources
Annotated links to Australian and international resources on assessment.
- Assessment and Reporting
Online Assessments, On-demand Assessments, Diagnostic Assessments, plus information on reporting.
- Assessment Tools
‘For immediate use with students in the classroom. They are suitable for use in many different contexts and are aimed at improving assessment practices’.
- Multi Domain Assessment Tasks
Principles for quality task design, Design guidelines, Teacher acknowledgements, sample tasks .
- Prep to Year 10 Assessment and Reporting
Advice, Assessment and Reporting including Student Reports, resources, tasks and more.
‘Incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for relevant domains within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards [VELS]’. FAQs are found here.
- AusVELS - Assessment
Links the VELs and AusVELS.
- On Demand Testing
‘An online resource for teachers to use when, where and how they choose. Tests are designed to link to curriculum and standards’.
- Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Home page. Early Years, Foundation to 10, AusVELS, Senior Secondary, more.
Department of Education
- Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Policy & Procedures
Provides a Policy Statement and Scope.
- Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Support
Select relevant material from among the options under the three headings in the main section’.
- Monitoring & Assessment, Gifted & Talented
Overview, links to policy and expected standards.
School Curriculum and Standards Authority
- Curriculum and Assessment Outline
Home page. Among relevant pages are :
- Assessment Activities
‘Sample assessment activities show a range of approaches to assessment’.
- Assessment Principles and Reflective Questions
‘provides further support to teachers in reflecting on their own assessment practices#8217;.
- Judging Standards
‘A tool to support teachers when reporting against the Achievement Standards’.
- Outline Downloads - Resources
Listing from Guiding Principles to a Glossary of Terms, from FAQs to Assessment Activities.
- Overview of Research
‘The overview of research provides further support to teachers in reflecting on their own assessment practices ’.
- School-based Assessment of WACE Courses
Senior Secondary Assessment information.
- Snap Shots - Choose a Year
‘Snapshots illustrate the assessment principles within a classroom or school context’.