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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’]’
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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

Department of Education and Training Directorate

New South Wales

Board of Studies

Department of Education and Communities

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Northern Territory

Department of Education

Queensland

Education Queensland

Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority [Previously QSA]

  • New ! Assessment Bank
    Accessing Assessments, Australian Curriculum, Queensland Curriculum, Archive, contact details for further information.
  • New ! 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.
  • New ! Australian Curriculum Sample Assessments
    Covers P-10 levels for the areas now implemented.
  • New ! Designing Good Assessment
    ‘Outlines principles for designing good assessment. The resource addresses the key question - is the assessment valid, clear and fair ?’ Video.
  • New ! Senior Assessment Hub
    ‘Provides a direct link to the assessment tab on each of the senior syllabus webpages’.
  • Updated ! Senior Moderation Hub
    General Information, Special Provisions, Forms & Procedures, Reports, Information for Panellists.
  • Updated ! Student Assessment
    P-12 Assessment Program Overview, policy, P-12 assessment and moderation resources.

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South Australia

Catholic Education Office

DECD

SACE

Tasmania

Department of Education

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Victoria

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • New ! Additional Resources
    Annotated links to Australian and international resources on assessment.
  • New ! Assessment and Reporting
    Online Assessments, On-demand Assessments, Diagnostic Assessments, plus information on reporting.
  • New ! 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 Reporting
    Advice, Assessment and Reporting including Student Reports, resources, tasks and more.

VCAA/AusVELS

  • AusVELS
    ‘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.

Western Australia

Department of Education

School Curriculum and Standards Authority

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