Advice and tools for teachers to assess the progress of all learners and support more targeted teaching practices.

This page is focused on foundation to year 10 assessment. For senior secondary, see the VCAA website:

Assessment advice

Assessment is the ongoing process of:

  • gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence
  •  reflecting on findings
  • making informed and consistent judgements to improve student learning.

Assessment for improved student learning and deep understanding requires a range of assessment practices to be used with three overarching purposes:

  • Assessment for learning: occurs when teachers use inferences about student progress to inform their teaching (formative assessment)
  • Assessment as learning: occurs when students reflect on and monitor their progress to inform their future learning goals (formative assessment)
  • Assessment of learning: occurs when teachers use evidence of student learning to make judgements on student achievement against goals and standards (summative assessment).

For information, advice and resources about using assessment to improve your students’ achievement and progress in learning see:

Insight Assessment Platform

Evaluate the Impact of Your Teaching

The Department’s online professional learning module provides a whole school approach to developing quality student assessment and reporting practices for meaningful reporting to parents and carers. See: Meaningful Student Reporting

Assessment tools

Our collection of online assessment tools, all aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, is found on the Insight Assessment Platform

The platform supports high quality assessment practices and provides teachers with information they can use to target the learning needs of students as they progress along the learning continuum.

Tailored assessment tools are also listed within the website sections for each curriculum learning area. To browse each curriculum area, see: Teaching and curriculum

Tools on the Insight platform include:

English Online Interview (EOI) 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) for teachers to clarify or elaborate on the data obtained from the English Online Interview. DATE assesses the three modes of English and includes early literacy and monitoring progress tools designed for use with students in foundation-year 6.

Mathematics Online Interview (MOI) for teachers to assess the mathematical understanding of students in foundation-year 2.

Fractions and Decimals Online Interview (FDOI) for teachers to better understand their students' knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to fractions and decimals. For use with students in years 5-10.

Tools for Enhancing Assessment Literacy for teachers of EAL students (TEAL) for teachers to assess English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners including students from a refugee background, students born in Australia or overseas and fee paying international students.

Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) assessment tools  for teachers of students with disabilities and additional learning needs. The tool enables teachers to compile a profile of the student's strengths and abilities in the curriculum areas of English and Personal and Social Capability.

Other assessment tools

EAL Assessment and reporting - provides a framework for assessing student achievement and developing effective learning programs for students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) in Victorian schools.    

More information

Assessment for Learning Curriculum Corporation - developed by the Curriculum Corporation, this site contains professional development modules, assessment tasks and 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, tests, publications, professional learning opportunities and information about ACER library services.

Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment - provides information, research 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.

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

The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (USA) - contains tools to help classroom teachers become better assessors of student learning.

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