Additional Resources

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

This page provides links to assessment-related resources, research, websites and policy documents.

Victorian resources

Synopsis of key research papers on assessment (PDF - 85Kb) - a synopsis of international research on assessment. It can be used as a discussion starter around assessment for learning (formative), assessment as learning (formative) and assessment of learning (summative).

Current perspectives on assessment (PDF - 160Kb) - explores current directions in assessment based on learning theory and assessment research, and considers implications for Victoria. It can be read as background to the Department's Assessment Advice.

Notable thoughts on assessment (Word - 73Kb) - explores what assessment is, what should be assessed, and how assessment can improve learning.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) - provides information on assessment for Years Prep to 10  (CSF and AIM) and for Senior Secondary  (VCE,VCAL and VET). It also provides principles for the assessment and reporting of student achievement and progress within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).

Australian resources

Assessment for Learning Curriculum Corporation - developed by the Curriculum Corporation, this site contains professional development modules, assessment tasks and the following professional learning links:

Australian Council on Educational Research (ACER) - provides educational research, products and services, including assessment and test administration services. The website contains research, test, publications, professional learning opportunities and information about their library services.

South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework (SACSA) - provides educators with information and processes about monitoring, recording, reflecting on, and making consistent and reliable judgments about learners and their achievement.

International resources

Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment - this is a well developed web site containing a wealth of materials and links for assessment in education.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - provides information on education work undertaken by the OECD. Work includes thematic reviews in specific policy areas, and collection of detailed statistical information on education systems, including measures of the competence levels of individuals.

Rubistar - a free tool to help teachers develop quality rubrics.

The Online Learning Centre - Ministry of Education, New Zealand - enables you to locate information about assessment, including recent developments, research and new tools. The site contains online workshops, including workshops on:

The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (USA) - contains tools to help classroom teachers become better assessors of student learning. The tools aim to integrate assessment and to see assessing as a process rather than a product. The tools also encourage students to be active participants who share responsibility in the assessment process, practise self-evaluation, reflection, and collaboration and conduct a continuous dialogue with their teachers.


Earl, L. M. (2003). Assessment As Learning: Using classroom assessment to maximize student learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Weeden, P., Winter, J, & Broadfoot, P. (2002). Assessment: What's in it for schools? London/New York: Routledge Falmer.