From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page 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.
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.
Assessment and reporting conference – 2005 - outlines the conference held on 21 October 2005 in Melbourne focused on using data to inform learning and teaching, enhancing the quality of school assessment and reporting practices and developing an assessment culture to improve student 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).
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.
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Guide – Department of Education, Tasmania - a resource for educators and school communities implementing the Essential Learnings. Includes information about effective teaching, assessing, planning, professional learning, transforming schools and working with parents and the community.
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.
Western Australia Department of Education - Monitoring Standards in Education - contains information on assessment and reporting for Western Australian schools. It provides resources and professional learning developed to help schools and teachers to collect, analyse and use data for improvement purposes.
Assessment is for Learning (AifL) - Learning and Teaching Scotland - contains information and resources to help with the development of assessment policy and professional teaching practice. Features information on assessment, as, for and of learning.
Assessment Reform Group - Assessment for Learning - the aim of the Assessment Reform Group (ARG) is to ensure that assessment policy and practice at all levels takes account of relevant research evidence. This ARG site includes information about assessment projects and a number of useful downloadable publications and links.
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.
Ideas and Rubrics - Chicago Public Schools - provides a step-by-step approach to developing rubrics and also contains assessment resources and a rubric bank.
Learning and teaching in the primary years: Professional development resources - part of the United Kingdom's Department of Education and Skills site; Learning and teaching in the primary years: Professional development resources. It contains readings, case studies and resources that may be useful when planning assessment.
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.
Project Zero - an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Its mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, in humanistic and scientific disciplines, at individual and institutional levels. This site features a number of assessment research projects.
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.