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Assessment Resources

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There are almost limitless resources on assessment. Most schools, colleges and universities have their own guidelines for assessment [and reporting], some levels within other regulatory frameworks. The following do not dwell on the normal, everyday aspects of assessment, but tend more to Individual Education Plans, portfolios, internet based assessment, rubrics and other alternative formats. Unless otherwise stated they are free.

Reporting, which is an integral part of the assessment process, has resources listed on this separate page.

Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .

Australian Sites

  • Assessment Advice
    ‘Definition and purposes of assessment including : assessment for, as and of learning’. You are also able to access a page of Additional Resources. DET, Victoria.
  • Assessment and Reporting
    The Essington School Darwin. Compilation of annotated links covering assessment reporting, report comments, rubrics, assessing group work, more.
  • Assessment Bank [QCAA]
    Provides direction to assessments and resources previously included in this, an archive plus assessment for Australian and Queensland curriculums.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Assessment tasks, professional development, research background, resources. ‘Developed by ESA on behalf of the education departments of the States, Territories and Commonwealth of Australia’.
  • Assessment Resource Centre
    Board of Studies NSW. ‘Supports and enhances professional practice in the assessment and reporting of student achievement across Years K to 12’.
  • Assessment Resources
    ‘Provides a logical solution to your assessment requirements’. For the VET area. Material is fee-based.
  • iAssessED
    ‘Store class lists, assessments, marks and student details. The software is very intuitive and easy to use, you simply work from left to right along the icon bar’. Not free but yearly rates are quite small.
  • Improve
    ‘An interactive assessment tool developed by Education Services Australia that enables teachers to create and conduct personalised student tests in English, maths and science from a bank of over 3 500 validated and moderated assessment items’.

Scootle

  • Assessment - Scootle
    Listing of several hundred assessment items ranging from web links, classroom resources and teacher reference material. All Australian teachers should have access.
  • Interactive Assessment Resources
    More than 150 are covered.
  • Improve
    ‘Improve is a formative assessment tool that supports teaching and learning’. Part of the ESA resources. Log in through Scootle.

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International Sites

Alternative Assessment

  • Alternative Assessment
    Article. Links to greater depth in specific areas, further articles. USA.
  • Assessment & Accommodation
    ‘Read our suggestions for modifying assessments, and discover new techniques to improve your knowledge of your students. Also find practical accommodations that can be made in most classrooms’. USA.
  • Alternative/Performance-Based Assessment
    Introduction plus an extensive listing of links to specific resources and examples. Somewhat dated but still usable. USA.

General Sites

  • Authentic Assessment Resources
    ‘Find a hand selected index of authentic assessment resources. You are one click away from vital information about performance assessment, rubrics, negotiable contracting, and electronic portfolios’. USA.
  • ClassMarker
    ‘Create your own tests and quizzes to be taken online and graded instantly. Keeps your data safe, backed up and ready to go 24/7. Register for free and start creating online tests today’.
  • ClassRoom Grade Book
    Freeware used to record student information and results. Also a Pro versions. Provides statistical help, graphical presentations, allows comments, even allows for rounding marks.

Portfolios

  • Portfolios [Authentic Assessment Toolbox]
    Extensive presentation. USA.
  • Portfolios for Student Growth
    “Overview and Teacher/Staff Guide : Everything You Need to Know”. ‘Through the portfolio process, students develop the self-awareness, goal-setting, and decision-making skills essential for lifelong self-determination’. Could easily be adapted for multiple areas. USA.
  • Portfolios for Students & Teachers [K-12]
    ‘This collection of 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’. USA.
  • Technology and Assessment
    Alternative assessments, electronic portfolios. Links, references, online publications, conference presentations, workshops, more.
  • Standardised Test Preparation
    ‘With these professional tips, sample questions, and lessons, you can more effectively integrate test review exercises into your regular teaching plan’. Collated by Scholastic. USA.
  • Tools For Teachers and Students
    A range of professional development material listed under both Teacher and Student. USA.

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Individual Education Programs [IEPs]

While primarily used in Special Education, there is no reason why they could not be used in the regular classroom.

Software

  • IEPPAL
    Apple, free. ‘An iPad based data collection tool that enables [staff] to capture observed student event data’.
  • IEP Writer
    ‘Quickly write professional IEPs and Learning Plans’. The basic version if free to use.
  • Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting
    ‘Here are some suggestions to help you feel more at ease and able to participate as a full member of the team’. Also includes information on IEPs. USA.
  • Writing the IEP
    US Department of Education. Sound, sensible concepts to incorporate into the process. USA.

Rubrics

  • Assessment and Rubrics
    Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything. ‘Rubrics for many different assessment products. It also contains some information on the creation of rubrics and assessment in general’. USA.
  • Building a Rubric
    ‘Build a customisable rubric that can be used for any writing activity your class might be completing. Follow the steps’. USA.
  • Creating Rubrics
    ‘This presentation shows how to create rubrics for assessment’. Related videos include Assessment Using Rubrics and Authentic Assessment and Rubrics.
  • iRubric
    ‘iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. Designed from the ground up, iRubric supports a variety of applications in an easy-to-use package. Best of all, iRubric is free to individual faculty and students’. USA.
  • Rubric [Academic]
    Components, steps to create, etymology, technical, references, links, more. Wikipedia.
  • Rubric Generators
    Generators that create rubrics [guides for development and assessment] in different situations. Choose the area you want. USA.
  • Rubrics
    ‘A rubric is a printed set of criteria for assessing knowledge, performance or product and for giving feedback’. Information, examples from DET, Victoria.
  • Rubrics for Assessment
    An extensive collection of links to Rubric information from a variety of sources and in a variety of forms. USA.
  • Sample Rubric
    Cool Australia. ‘The sample rubric for this unit of work is generic and is based on ‘A model of inquiry learning’ in which students will be collecting and using data’. You need to register but this appears to be free. Australia.
  • Scootle : Rubrics
    Results of a search through Scootle for Assessment - Rubric entries. Australia.
  • Understanding Rubrics
    ‘Authentic assessments tend to use rubrics to describe student achievement. At last, here’s clarity on the term’. USA.
  • Using Assessment Rubrics
    ‘A rubric for assessment, usually in the form of a matrix or grid, is a tool used to interpret and grade students’ work against criteria and standards’. UNSW. Australia.

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