Designing quality assessment programs in PASS
Assessment is the collection and evaluation of evidence of a student’s learning. It is integral to teaching and learning and has multiple purposes.
- provides opportunities for teachers to gather evidence about student achievement in relation to outcomes
- enables students to demonstrate what they know and can do
- clarifies student understanding of concepts and promotes deeper understanding
- provides evidence that current understanding is a suitable basis for future learning.
Assessment activities should:
- be valid and be based on syllabus outcomes
- include criteria to clarify for students what aspects of learning are being assessed
- enable students to demonstrate their learning in a range of different contexts
- be reliable, be free from bias and provide evidence that accurately represents a student’s knowledge, understanding and skills
- enable students and teachers to use feedback effectively and reflect on the learning process
- be inclusive of and accessible to all students
- be part of an ongoing process where progress is monitored over time.
Source – NESA Advice on Assessment