​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Assessment and the learning continuum​

Learning occurs in a continuum from birth to adulthood and throughout life. Assessment of where a child is at on this learning continuum enables the practitioner, learner and family to understand what knowledge, skills and understandings the child has developed so far and to plan an appropriate learning program to further learning.​

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​Assessment and the teaching and learning cycle

Assessment is integral to the teaching and learning cycle. The practitioner uses the evidence from assessment to provide feedback to the learner and to adapt the learning program in response to the learner needs identified by assessment. 

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Assessment principles​

Assessment promotes further learning and achievement when the practitioner works collaboratively with the learner, the learner’s family, peers and colleagues to plan the learning program. ​

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Assessment for understanding

Effective assessment enables the practitioner to understand what knowledge, skills and concepts the learner can demonstrate and what they have misunderstood or not yet mastered. 

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Assessment and domain expertise

Assessment is more than forming judgments about a learner's mastery of a body of curriculum content. It includes monitoring the learner's incremental understanding of the language, concepts and skills of a learning area or domain and what they need to do to succeed. 

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​Assessing Learners with Additional Needs​

Practitioners need to ensure that assessment activities are equitable for, and accessible to, all learners.  Learners should have appropriate opportunities to demonstrate their level of proficiency.

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Further Reading

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Putting understanding up front, Perkins D and Blythe T, Teaching for Understanding, ASCD, 1994  NEW!

This article presents a simple four-part framework to enhance lessons so that students develop deeper understanding. Ongoing formative assessment and feedback are central to the framework.

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Updated 11/05/2016