Purposes of senior assessment
The purposes of assessment are to:
- promote, assist and improve learning
- inform programs of teaching and learning
- provide information — for students, parents and teachers; for the issuing of certificates of achievement; and for school authorities, school communities, Government.
Strengthening school-based assessment
Accreditation of reviewers
Structured, professionally-recognised and certified training pathways designed to enhance the capacity of reviewers and teachers to implement assessment and moderation processes.
Endorsement of assessment
A process to ensure that school-devised assessment instruments meet the requirements of the current syllabus, and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate the syllabus objectives and standards before they are used in schools.
Calibration of judgments
A process of fine-tuning reviewer and teacher judgments to support consistent application of standards.
FormativeHelps students attain higher levels of performance.
Diagnostic‘Diagnoses’ or identifies areas of competence or areas for development.
SummativeIndicates the standards achieved by students at particular points in their schooling, and is geared towards reporting and certification.