Assessment

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School-research partnerships – the Coolum Retrieval Practice Project
School-research partnerships – the Coolum Retrieval Practice Project

Helping students to retain information is a fundamental challenge in education. Staff at Coolum State High School have partnered with researchers to investigate one promising technique for improving retention: Retrieval Practice.

Student writing – comparative judgement and feedback
Student writing – comparative judgement and feedback

The process of comparative judgement for schools in the first ever Australian project resulted in student data that provided a writing age and an assigned NAPLAN band. The question for the Year 3/4 Team at Templestowe Heights Primary School was what to do with the information.

How well do grades convey student attainment and progress?
How well do grades convey student attainment and progress?

‘Grades do not assist parents to see and monitor their children’s growth in an area of learning across the years of school.’ In his new Teacher column, Professor Geoff Masters AO explores why there is such a mismatch between parents’ beliefs in their child’s learning, and how ready the child is for the year’s curriculum.

Using comparative judgement – data from the Australian Writing Assessment Project
Using comparative judgement – data from the Australian Writing Assessment Project

In today’s article, Daisy Christodoulou and Jeanette Breen share details of the Australian Writing Assessment Project, which brings together 25 schools to trial a technique called Comparative Judgement, and some of the early feedback and findings.

‘Big five’ education challenges: Deepening our understanding of 21st Century skills
‘Big five’ education challenges: Deepening our understanding of 21st Century skills

Considerable progress has been made in defining 21st Century skills, but curriculum implementation is the next hurdle. That was one of the messages to come out of the first webinar revisiting the ‘big five’ education challenges facing Australian schools.

Q&A: Student assessment – looking at data from different angles
Q&A: Student assessment – looking at data from different angles

In this Q&A we speak with Dr Katie Richardson about looking at student assessment data from different angles, identifying patterns in data, and why working collaboratively to interpret assessment data is a useful technique.

Assessing students’ writing using comparative judgement
Assessing students’ writing using comparative judgement

In a recent Teacher article, Learning Specialist Jeanette Breen shared how Templestowe Heights Primary School (THPS) in Victoria has improved its writing moderation process. Here she describes a new step that aims to bridge the gaps that still exist for staff, through an assessment process known as comparative judgement.

‘Big five’ challenges in school education – what progress have we made?
‘Big five’ challenges in school education – what progress have we made?

Professor Geoff Masters AO shares details of a special ACER five-webinar series, where expert practitioners, researchers and policymakers will revisit the major challenges in school education he wrote of six years ago, and ask what progress has been made on each, and what needs to happen next.

The equity myth
The equity myth

‘Equity demands a curriculum responsive to individual needs, not blind equality.’ In his new Teacher column, Professor Geoff Masters AO highlights the important difference between equality and equity in education.

Teacher’s bookshelf: Early years assessment
Teacher’s bookshelf: Early years assessment

In Strong Foundations: Evidence informing practice in early childhood education and care, Associate Professor Anna Kilderry and Honorary Professor Bridie Raban lead a team of 34 contributors, sharing knowledge and insights from research and links to everyday practice. This exclusive extract for Teacher readers discusses the ‘Principles of quality assessment’.