Tuesday, 21 May 2013
On behalf of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters, ACER Chief Executive, and ACER Principal Research Fellow Dr Gabrielle Matters made a submission to the Queensland Parliament's Education and Innovation Committee’s Inquiry into Assessment Methods for Senior Maths, Chemistry and Physics.
The submission focuses on the use of assessment to establish and understand where students are in their learning at the time of assessment. The assessment process is one of gathering evidence that can be used to draw a valid and reliable conclusion about a student’s current level of attainment within a specified area of learning.
- clearly defining the area of learning;
- selecting domain-appropriate assessment methods;
- deciding how student responses or performances are to be evaluated and recorded; and
- bringing together records of a student’s responses to, or performances on, a number of assessment tasks to draw a conclusion about the student’s overall level of attainment in the learning area being assessed.