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assess [v.]

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’]’
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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 national information, software, documents, professional development, specific types of assessment and more. Individual Education Plan information can be found via the link provided.

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The First Page looks at assessment processes for all Australian states & territories.

The Assessment pages should be used in conjunction with the Reporting page.

National Information

International Baccalaureate

The IB program is not just a senior one but operates at different levels. Australia has roughly equal numbers of schools offering Primary, Middle Years and Diploma Programs.


Information for individual states & territories is provided on the other Assessment page. This section provides an Australia-wide overview of the NAPLAN process.

  • Effects of NAPLAN
    ‘This report is the first phase of a larger project that looks at the effects of NAPLAN on school communities’.
  • Interpreting NAPLAN Results for the Layperson
    Article by Margaret Wu [University of Melbourne] as taken via the Australian Primary Principals’ Association. Good overview.
  • NAP
    ‘More information about NAPLAN and NAP Sample Assessments. Useful for parents and carers, schools, state and territory authorities and the wider community’.
  • National Reports
    Reports covering 2008 to 2013. Download the 2015 NAPLAN National Report here. Gain clarity about the Student Reports by videos, samples and more here.
  • Principles for National Online Assessment
    ‘The principles provide strategic direction to ACARA for online delivery of NAPLAN, which is provisionally targeted to commence in 2016, pending careful examination of transition issues’.
  • Test Administration Authorities
    ‘Responsible for the implementation and administration of the NAPLAN tests in their jurisdiction. Contacts’ are provided.
  • Tests
    ‘Students are assessed using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions [Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation] and Numeracy’. All previous year tests are available.


‘Are students well prepared for future challenges ? Can they analyse, reason and communicate effectively ? Do they have the capacity to continue learning throughout life ? The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA] answers these questions and more, through its surveys of 15-year-olds in the principal industrialised countries’.

  • PISA 2012 : How Australia measures up
    ‘Written by Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli and Sarah Buckley’. ACER
  • PISA
    ‘Internationally standardised assessment that was jointly developed by participating countries and administered to 15 year-olds in schools’. What is involved, how it works, Assessment Cycle, results, more. OECD.
  • PISA 2009 Key FindingsThese can be found here. 6 volumes of information available in PDF format, videos, more.
  • PISA 2012 Key Findings
    Four volumes of information, country specific overviews, more.
    Covers Background, Basics, The Test and Questionnaire, Understanding the Results, Further Questions.


The ‘Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study’ and the ‘Progress in International Literacy Study’ provide ‘comparative studies in educational achievement’ globally.

    Both sets of information are reached via this page. ‘First conducted in 1995, TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of fourth and eighth grade students’ while ‘PIRLS 2011 collects data to provide information on trends in reading literacy achievement of fourth-grade students, while providing baseline data for new countries’. Database information from previous reports from each site.
  • TIMSSVideo
    ‘Intended for use by education researchers, teachers, administrators : in short, anyone interested in exploring the teaching practices of different countries’. Includes Australian input.

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Other Information

Assessment Software

  • Accelerus
    Upgrade from both Markbook or Quick Vic to this newer software format.
  • SNIP
    Software to manage students with special needs and learning disabilities.

Research, …



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General Sites


  • Assessing Learning in Australian Universities
    ‘Ideas, strategies and resources for quality in student assessment’. Australian Universities Teaching Committee.
  • Assessment
    ACARA. NAPLAN testing, National Assessment Program, 2010 National and International Tests for Schools.
  • Assessment and Reporting [ACACA]
    “A Guide to Senior Secondary Curriculum and Credentialling in Australia and New Zealand”.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Now through ESA. The topic, assessment tasks, professional development,links to assessment, world information. Their Resources page has DVDs, publications, websites and more.
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Professional Learning
  • Educational Assessment Australia
    ‘Specialises in large-scale assessment programs including the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools [ICAS]’.
  • Improve
    ‘Improve is an online formative assessment tool developed by Education Services Australia for use by education jurisdictions. The tool assists teachers to easily access and use numeracy, literacy and science test items that are digitally linked to relevant curriculum and learning resources’.
  • Principles for National Online Assessment
    ‘Provide strategic direction to ACARA for online delivery of NAPLAN, which is provisionally targeted to commence in 2016’.


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Professional Development

  • Assessment Alternatives
    Articles from New Horizons for Learning. 19, plus recommended reading, other links.
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Curriculum Redesign
    Online workshop providing explanation, demonstration, exploration and implementation of the concept.
  • Assessment Futures
    ‘An important additional purpose for assessment. It is about equipping students for the learning and assessing they will need to do after completing their course and the challenges they will face after graduation’.
  • Classroom Assessment
    ‘2 parts, each containing 3 lessons. Part I focuses on basic concepts and common assessments such as multiple choice and essay questions. Part II includes performance assessment, classroom interactions, and attitude surveys. Throughout the lessons, resources and techniques for integrating technology are included’.

Performance Assessment

Special Types of Assessment

Alternative Assessments

Electronic Assessment & Reporting

  • E-assessment
    Literature Review. Summary. The Full review is available here.
  • Using Technology
    “To Support Alternative Assessment and Electronic Portfolios”. ‘Describe and discuss the use of technology to support alternative assessment from a number of perspectives’.
  • Web-based Assessment - Two UK Initiatives
    ‘Tackling the technological, pedagogical and organisational aspects of using the Web to support student assessment’.

Individual Education Plans

  • See information on the Assessment Resources page for links to information, checklists, advice and more.

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Digital Portfolios

  • E-Portfolios Evolve Thanks to Web 2.0 Tools
    Digital Directions. Links to all recommended resources.
  • Portfolio Assessment
    Articles detailing Assumptions and Procedures, Key Elements, Types, Benefits, bibliography.
  • Portfolios
    ‘Articles and resources will help your students build portfolios to demonstrate what they’ve learned so that you can monitor their progress with fewer tests’.
  • Portfolios for Student Growth
    Free publication covering a process-led approach to portfolio development.
  • REAL* ePortfolio Academy
    USA. Offers 4 different levels of professional development in this area. Only the first is free. The first provides course content and readings. May be worth considering.
  • The Power of Portfolios
    Introduction to the portfolio system. Especially early learning and junior primary.
  • Welcome to Portfolio !
    Canadian site. ‘A place to read, learn and share strategies and resources related to portfolio practices - paper or electronic’.

Student Self Assessment/Evaluation

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