Assessment and Reporting with Digital Technologies

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Digital tools can support and enhance practice that aligns with assessment and reporting principles and requirements.

Insight Assess Portal

The Insight Assess Portal provides easy access to quality assured, online assessment tools and assessment data.

The Insight Assessment Advice Portal has been launched as a first step. The portal brings a range of assessment advice and resources into a single place to make it easier for educators to easily access relevant and high quality assessment materials, resources and tools. There is a suite of assessment tools, with VCAA On Demand already providing over one million assessments each year across government, Catholic and independent schools. Two new and innovative assessment tools are also now available in Critical and Creative Thinking and Health and PE. In the coming months the Assessment Advice Portal will be further developed to provide greater access to advice, research and tools.

The platform allows assessment data from a range of tools to be collated and so provides an easily accessible, broad picture of individual and aggregated student achievement that will support practitioners to better understand student progress and plan for future learning strategies.

For more information, see: Insight Assessment Portal

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

The New Pedagogies for Deep Learning initiative is supporting schools from ten countries worldwide to implement deep learning goals that are enabled by new pedagogies and are accelerated by technology.

Schools will investigate, refine and validate measures for deep learning. This includes exploring a range of skills and attributes such as creativity, connectedness and collaboration and problem solving.

Schools clusters will have opportunities to share, test and develop innovative new assessment methods and tools that are emerging around the world. These may include:

  • tools that support rapid feedback on progress
  • tools that include a wider variety of participants in the assessment process such as peers and outside experts
  • tools for assessing more complex learning products
  • tools for providing more complex assessment experiences, such as game-based assessments and online collaborative problem solving.

For more information, see: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning or contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

Improve

Improve was developed in response to a need by schools for an interactive learning system that could be used by teachers and students around Australia to improve student learning and outcomes.

Teachers can create customised tests for students and access a number of authorised tests that already exist within Improve. They can monitor the completion of tests and activities used by students and when a post-test is complete, they can check if students’ outcomes have improved as a result of undertaking the additional activities.

Students can join classes and access a number of learning resources. When they complete a test, they have access to one or more activities in the form of learning resources. Improve also provides access for parents who can view and track progress and results.

For more information, see: Improve

Rich assessment activities

Multiple representations of content (interactive, video image, webpage, document), collaboration (wikis, blogs, discussion boards), reflection and metacognition (journals, blogs, portfolios) can be incorporated into rich, enquiry based assessment activities that are anchored in a real world context.

For examples, see:

Timely, well targeted support

A clear picture of ongoing progress ensures timely support is directly targeted to students’ learning and development needs and goals. For more information, see: Glen Waverley online reporting

Students and parents as active participants

There is strong evidence that the ability to easily access feedback online can support active engagement of parents in their children’s learning. This includes assessment activities, rubrics or criteria, outcomes and feedback. Schools have reported higher levels of student and parent engagement when they can actively contribute to reflections on progress with their teachers.

For examples, see: Engaging parents in student learning

Learner feedback

The Department has partnered with industry to pilot online tools to support student-led goal setting, planning and reporting. The tools are designed to further test the impact of increasing the agency students have over their own learning, as well as increasing the contribution of student voice to teachers’ reflections about the impact of their classroom practice. A resource will be available to schools shortly.

Digital portfolios

Learning portfolios are collections of student work that richly represent the learner and provide authentic evidence of learning. They demonstrate evidence of the student's efforts, progress and achievements in one or more areas, and illustrate a learning journey.

Learning portfolios may include:

  • product – actual work samples, learning opportunities
  • process – students' reflections of their learning, outlines, drafts, strategies used
  • perceptions of learning – attitudes, motivations, self assessments and goal setting.

For more information

For more information, please contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au