Culture-fair assessment issues examined

Culture-fair assessment issues examined

Monday, 17 Aug 2009

A greater emphasis on more ‘culturally inclusive’ assessment and teaching methods for Indigenous students may help to address their pattern of under-achievement in national benchmark data and international testing programs according to a paper to be presented at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference in Perth.

The presentation, by Professor Val Klenowski from Queensland University of Technology and Ms Thelma Gertz of the Catholic Education Office Townsville, is based on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage research project examining equity issues as they relate to the validity and fairness of assessment practices.

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Whatever the source - assessment data can inform teaching and learning

Whatever the source - assessment data can inform teaching and learning

Monday, 17 Aug 2009

While some educators argue that information from system-wide tests is not useful for improving learning, good quality data from a range of sources can and should be used to inform teaching, according to a paper to be presented at the ACER Research Conference in Perth today.

“What matters is the quality rather than the source of information,“ says Dr Margaret Forster, Research Director of the Assessment and Reporting Research Program at ACER. “And that means the diagnostic power of the assessment – the power of the assessment to illuminate strengths and weaknesses in students’ understandings. Informative assessment, assessment that can drive teaching and learning, bypasses the division between assessment of learning and for learning.“

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National assessment data meaningful for schools

National assessment data meaningful for schools

Monday, 17 Aug 2009

National assessment programs are useful for improving education, University of Western Australia Dean of Education Professor Helen Wildy will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference on Tuesday.

Professor Wildy has drawn on the experience of several projects conducted in WA over the last 10 years that have aimed to improve the skills of primary and secondary school teachers and leaders to interpret the results of student assessment in meaningful ways.

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Call to reconsider A to E school reports

Call to reconsider A to E school reports

Friday, 14 Aug 2009

It is time to reconsider the widespread practice of reporting school achievements as A to E grades according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Professor Geoff Masters.

In the opening keynote address to ACER’s annual research conference in Perth on Monday, Professor Masters will tell delegates that the use of A to E grades, together with some other common approaches to assessing what is learned in schools, run the risk of being inconsistent with what is known about the best ways to promote student learning.

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