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assess [v.]

1. evaluate or estimate. 2. set the value of a tax, fine, etc. for [a person or property].
- DERIVATIVES assessable, adjective; assessment, noun; assessor, noun. Old French assesser, from Latin assidere ‘sit by [later ‘levy tax’]’

Oxford Dictionaries

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

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 Manual
    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 CEO
    ‘Assessment Policy’.
  • Consistent Teacher Judgement
    “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.
  • Entitlement
    ‘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, K-6
    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’.
  • 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.

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Northern Territory

  • 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 Profile
    ‘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 Progress Maps
    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.


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South Australia


  • Assessment and Reporting Policy
    ‘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 Reporting Procedures
    ‘This document sets out the procedures established to support the Assessment and Reporting Policy.’.
  • Assessment Programs
    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; … .

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  • Assessing and Reporting Your Child’s Progress
    This covers all levels of schooling and include information about VCAA and NAPLAN.
  • AusVELS
    ‘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 Each KLA
    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 Reporting
    Advice, Assessment and Reporting including Student Reports, resources, tasks and more.
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
    Covers P-12.
  • 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’.

Western Australia

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