Assessment and reporting are vital processes that provide information about what students know and can do, allowing teachers to make recommendations for their future learning.
Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analysing and interpreting, using and reflecting on evidence to make informed and consistent judgements to improve future student learning.
Reporting is the process of communicating comprehensive information about student achievement and learning at a point in time. Reporting will be in different forms, will be tailored to meet the needs of a range of audiences and will be used for a variety of purposes. Reporting to students, parents, teachers and the system helps decision making for future student learning.
The information in this section covers Foundation to Year 10 assessment and student reporting. For information supporting assessment and reporting at senior secondary levels, see:
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
VCAA Insight Assess Portal: information and advice grounded in research from around the world, and ideas about effective assessment practices covering Foundation to Year 10.
Resources to support practice: information to support the assessment practices for the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
DET School Policy & Advisory Guide: information to support schools to develop policies and procedures for the preparation of reports on student progress and achievement for parents/carers or the community.
VCAA Victorian Curriculum F-10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines: information and advice on the effective use of the curriculum to develop whole-school teaching and learning plans and to report student learning achievement.
The Insight Assessment Platform (Insight), an Education State initiative, is aimed at helping teachers assess the progress of all learners and support more targeted teaching practices.
Insight aims to enable high quality assessment and feedback that will inform teacher planning for the next steps in a student’s learning as that they continue to make progress along the learning continuum.
The Insight Assessment Platform is the new home for the Department's collection of quality online assessment instruments, all aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F–10.
Assessment tools on the Insight Assessment Platform
English Online Interview (EOI) – provides teachers with a powerful tool for assessing the English skills of students between Foundation and Year 2. This assessment is mandated for all Foundation students on entry to school.
- Diagnostic Assessment Tools in English (DATE) – assists teachers to clarify or elaborate on the data obtained from the English Online Interview. DATE assesses the three modes of Victorian Curriculum F-10 English and includes early literacy and monitoring progress tools designed for use with students in Foundation-Year 6.
- Mathematics Online Interview (MOI) – supports teachers to assess the mathematical understanding of students in Foundation-Year 2.
- Fractions and Decimals Online Interview (FDOI) – allows teachers to better understand their students' knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to fractions and decimals. For use with students in Years 5-10.
- Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) assessment tools – enables teachers of students with disabilities and additional learning needs to compile a comprehensive profile of their student's strengths and abilities in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 curriculum areas of English and Personal and Social Capability. The tools assist teachers as they develop their classroom programs.
- Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy (TEAL) – supports teachers to assess all EAL learners in Victorian schools including those from a refugee background, EAL learners born in Australia or overseas and fee paying international students.
- Health and Physical Education Assessments – supports teachers to evaluate their students' knowledge and skills in Health and Physical Education. For use with students in Years 3-4, Years 7-8 and Years 9-10.
- Critical and Creative Thinking Assessments – allows teachers to map learner achievement to progress learning against the three stages of the Critical and Creative Thinking continuum (CCT). For use with students in Years 1-10
- On Demand Testing – provides teachers with tests to use when, where and how they choose to assess student achievement in Years 3-10. Tests are designed to link to curriculum and achievement standards.
Additional assessment tools
- EAL Assessment and Reporting - provides a framework for assessing student achievement and developing effective learning programs for the many students in Victorian schools who are learning English as an additional language.
- Specific Mathematics Assessments that Reveal Thinking (SMART) - provides teachers with an informative diagnosis of their students' conceptual understanding of most of the topics in the Years 5-9 Mathematics. The research-based diagnosis is provided back to the teacher immediately. This information is concise, readily useable by teachers, and is linked to targeted teaching resources. It is designed to aid teachers in their planning and to complement the summative topic testing regularly used by teachers.