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
- Access to Student Records
Document providing essential information.
- ACT Scaling Test
Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
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’.
‘ Individual Student Reports based on PIPS results are provided to parents during Term Two and Term Four’.
New South Wales
- Assessment Resource Centre
‘The aim of this website is to support and enhance professional practice in the assessment and reporting of student achievement across Years K to 12. It has been 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 !
- Assessment Certification and Examination
PDF document from the Board of Studies.
- Assessment Policy - TAFE NSW
‘This policy outlines the framework in which learning is assessed within TAFE NSW’.
- Canberra & Goulburn
- Consistent Teacher
“In action - A Resource for Schools”. ‘Revised to reflect the Curriculum Programming and Planning, Assessing and Reporting K-12 policy. Its aim is to help establish the understandings necessary to ensure that consistent teacher judgements about student achievement can occur across all key learning areas’. Covers consistency, moderation, assessment [and reporting] as well as support materials including Professional Development material.
Highly Recommended !
- Curriculum Planning, Programming‘Information to support parents, teachers and school leaders in understanding the requirements of new policy in curriculum planning and programming, assessing and reporting to parents and in planning for implementation’. Covers policy, reporting to parents, assessment, reporting support materials, Q & As, a parent section and more. Some sections restricted to NSW School Intranet access.
‘Some students require special consideration but all students are entitled to have access to syllabus outcomes, because all students are entitled to achieve success in learning’.
- Higher Education Assessment Policy - TAFE NSW
‘This policy ensures students have fulfilled subject learning outcomes, and that assessments are valid, reliable, consistent, equitable; conducive to attaining optimum outcomes and intellectual development; and consistent with maintaining academic standards and rigour’.
- 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. It also assist in the evaluation of the effectiveness of current practices’.
- HSC Assessment - Policies and Documents
A range of documents [annotated links for each] are listed under the following headings - Of particular interest to students; Of particular interest to parents; Of particular interest to teachers and school principals.
- K-6 Assessment
Details as well as special links
- Principles for Assessment & Reporting,
New South Wales Government Schools.
- Yrs 7-12 Assessment and Reporting
New South Wales Government Schools.
- Principles of Assessment
and Reporting in NSW Public Schools
‘This documents sets out the principles that underpin the assessment of student learning in NSW Government schools and the reporting of that learning to parents. It incorporates the NSW Institute of Teachers professional competence standards of Element 3, among others, in the areas of assessment and reporting to parents. The standards are available at http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au’.
- Standards-referenced Assessment in Primary Schools
‘Information about the assessment of student progress against specified standards, commonly known as standards-referenced assessment. It looks at four key questions’. Also includes a reference bibliography.
- Yrs 7-12 Assessment
Details as well as special links.
- Curriculum e-Tool
‘The Curriculum eTool [commonly known as the CeTool] is an online resource that provides teachers with the opportunity to record student achievement based on evidence of learning, use assessment information to inform and plan units of work and [more]’.
You need to be able to log in to access this site.
- Electronic Student
‘Electronic Student Profile, or esp, is an online system that manages student records and enables you to keep in touch with your child’s performance and development at school’. You will need to get a Login ID to access your child’s records. Check the policy, see the FAQs, download a brochure and an application for an ID.
- NT Curriculum Framework
Covers year levels to Y6 and English and Maths for 7-9.
- Student Results
Results for the NTCET are available through this link.
- Assessment & Reporting
Includes National Assessment Program, Assessment of Student Competencies, Senior Secondary Assessment and NTCF Assessment Guidelines.
- Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Find information through the P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework. You can download a copy of the document here and find Frequently asked questions here.
- Essential Learnings and Standards [Years 1-9]
Essential Learnings, Standards, Assessment Bank, Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks, [Guidelines for Reporting], Planning, Using the Essential Learnings and Standards, Professional Development.
Queensland Studies Authority. Sections on assessment program, policy and resources.
- Moderation & Quality Assurance
General Information, Special Provisions, Forms & Procedures, Reports, Information for Panellists.
- Student Assessment
Includes assessment program overview, policy, special provisions, P-12 assessment and moderation resources.
- Summer Schools
These relate to the assessment from NAPLAN Testing. ‘Summer Schools are specifically designed for Years 5, 6 and 7 students who have been identified through NAPLAN [National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy] as requiring additional help in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Students attending Summer Schools will be given the opportunity to improve their literacy and numeracy skills in a unique learning environment’. The link on this page provides all details including a listing of all Summer Schools locations.
- Assessment & Reporting
The home page for this area at the Department of Education and Child Development.
- Assessment Strategies
5 Key Strategies are detailed.
- Assessment and Reporting Guidelines for R-10 Schools
- Assessment & Reporting in DECD
Staff contacts for assessment/standards. ‘Please contact us for further information or suggestions by phone or email’.
- Assessment and Reporting Operational Guidelines for Preschools and Schools
- Let’s Talk Assessment
‘This is a series of newsletters to provide information and professional learning in the key areas of assessment, recording and reporting’. Developed 2006-8.
- Assessment & Reporting : Catholic Education
How We Assess, information for students, a culture of care and more information.
- DECd - School Entry
Assessment prior to school entry.
- Quality Teaching, Learning and
‘The South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning [TfEL] framework describes DECD position on pedagogy for all school’.
- Research Project
‘From 2011, all students will be required to complete a 10 credit Stage 2 Research Project [RP], to at least a C level, as part of attaining their SACE’. This page provides information, packages and further links including to Moodle spaces.
- SACE Board of South Australia
Senior Secondary Assessment, including a section specifically on Assessment.
- SACSA Framework
Frameworks including assessment. Also used in the Catholic Education System.
- 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.
- Assessment and
‘This policy document sets out requirements that will inform departmental, school and classroom assessment and reporting practices, in schools and colleges K-12.’.
- Assessment and
‘This document sets out the procedures established to support the Assessment and Reporting Policy.’.
Covers information on the kindergarten development check and a range of national and international assessments that are used.
- Tasmanian Curriculum
Covers both curriculum, including links to the Australian curriculum, assessment, resources, Vocational Education, other support mechanisms.
- Tasmanian Qualifications Authority
‘Advises the Minister about matters relating to qualifications; issues consolidated statements of qualifications, including the Tasmanian Certificate of Education ; accredits courses for senior secondary education, vocational education & training and higher education; … .
- Assessing and Reporting Your Child’s Progress
This covers all levels of schooling and include information about VCAA and NAPLAN.
‘AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards [VELS]. AusVELS uses an eleven level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum whilst retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning’. Frequently Asked Questions are found here.
- AusVELS - Assessment
Part of the resources and Support section of AusVELS.
- Corporate Priorities
‘For the Department to achieve its vision and deliver on its mission we have developed four corporate priorities, supported by three strategies and four key initiatives’.
- Curriculum Planning Guidelines
Continuous Monitoring and Evaluation & Review for whole school, groups and individuals.
- Measuring Academic Progress Against
For students with disabilities.
- Multi Domain Assessment Tasks
‘A process for teachers to develop multi domain assessment tasks based on sound design principles and guidelines is provided. The sample tasks were developed by teachers for teachers. It includes : Principles for quality task design, Design guidelines, Teacher acknowledgements and the Summary of sample tasks’.
- 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. Both general ability tests and topic-specific assessments are provided’.
- Prep to Year 10 Assessment and
Advice, Assessment and Reporting including Student Reports, resources, tasks and more.
- Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
- Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
‘The role of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority [VRQA] is to provide regulation that ensures quality education and training is delivered by the providers it registers in Victoria, and promote informed choice when it comes to your education and training decisions’.
- Years 10 to 12 Assessment
‘Assessment processes that apply to the different paths that students take at this stage of learning’.
- 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’s. listing.
- K-10 Assessment Outline
School Curriculum and Standards Authority.The home page for this section. Among relevant pages on the site are :
- Assessment Activities
‘The sample assessment activities show a range of approaches to assessment’.
- Assessment Principles and Practice
‘The following resources provide support for teachers in planning for their teaching and assessment and reporting of student achievement’.
- Judging Standards
‘Judging standards is a tool to support teachers when reporting against the Achievement Standards’.
- Outline Downloads - Resources
An extensive listing from Guiding Principles to a Glossary of Terms, from Frequently Asked Questions to Assessment Activities [see above].
- What’s in the Western
Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline
Visual presentation in poster format.
- Who Does What ?
Visual presentation in poster format.