1. evaluate or estimate. 2. set the value of a tax, fine, etc. for [a person or
- 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.
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.
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
‘Support[s] and enhance[s] 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.
Highly Recommended !
- 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, K-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
- Higher Education Assessment Policy - TAFE NSW
‘Ensures students have fulfilled subject learning outcomes, and that assessments are valid, reliable, consistent, equitable’.
Department of Education
- Assessing [and Reporting]
National Assessment Program, Diagnostic Systems and Data Literacy, Assessment of Student Competencies, Senior Secondary Assessment.
A-Z Diagnostic Assessments
Compare listed diagnostic assessment tools using the process on this page.
Find all details itemised on this site.
- Electronic Student Profile
‘An online system that manages student records and enables you to keep in touch with your child’s performance and development at school’. You need a Login ID to access your child’s records. Policy, FAQs, a brochure, an application for an ID.
- NT Curriculum Framework
Year levels to Y6 and English and Maths for 7-9.
- Student Results
Results for the NTCET are available through this link.
What it is, uses, types of assessment, how it is planned, considering the student’s, needs, further resources.
- 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 [Previously QSA]
- 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
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
DECD home page. Areas include :
- Assessment Strategies
5 Key Strategies are detailed.
- Contact Details
Contacts for assessment/standards. ‘Please contact us for further information or suggestions by phone or email’.
- Engaging with Achievement Standards
Videos, Achievement standard documents, more.
- Useful Links and Resources
- Quality Teaching, Learning and
One section covers assessment.
- Research Project
Information, packages, links including to Moodle spaces.
- School Entry Assessment
- Standards and Assessment
Overview, links to further information Select from menu on the left.
- SACE Board of South Australia
Senior Secondary. Includes a section on Assessment.
- South Australian Matriculation [SAM]
‘The SAM program is an internationally recognised one year pre-university program. The SAM program is administered by the SACE Board of South Australia’. Find out about the program and the schools involved.
- SACSA Framework
Framework including assessment.
Department of Education
- Assessment and
‘Sets out requirements that will inform departmental, school and classroom assessment and reporting practices, in schools and colleges K-12’.
- Assessment and
‘Procedures established to support the Assessment and Reporting Policy’.
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 Early Childhood Development
- 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
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 &
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
‘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
Senior Secondary Assessment information.
- Snap Shots - Choose a Year
‘Snapshots illustrate the assessment principles within a classroom or school context’.