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  

A step-by-step process for designing quality assessment strategies

Module task: Designing an assessment task

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