Quality education is the entitlement of every young Australian. The college curriculum should be designed to enrich children’s lives and to help prepare them to participate fully in society and the workplace. Assessment is the process of gathering information about student learning, especially in relation to curriculum goals.
Assessment should be integral to the curriculum that students follow and should not narrow or distort the experience of schooling. An appropriate and discerning college curriculum should encompass equally appropriate and discerning assessment procedures. The latter should not drive the former.
Key Principles of Assessment
- Any form of assessment should be integral to the curriculum and designed to inform, support and improve learning outcomes.
- The cornerstone of authentic assessment and reporting should be the well-being of the student.
- Assignments, examinations and other pieces of assessment should be suited to the developmental level of the students and provide options which cater for different student abilities.
- The provision of an assessment calendar is designed to assist students with developing study and work habits, enabling them to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and meeting a range of short and long term commitments.