No longer is assessment primarily for grading students on how well they have learnt what they have been taught.

Assessment is now about identifying what learners know, understand and can do – in varying degrees of detail – to provide better evidence for educational decision making.

ACER is at the forefront of reform and innovation in assessment theory and practice

School assessment  Professional assessment  

Thinking differently
about assessment

Sharing collective knowledge and experience.

ACER regularly holds conferences that bring together experts in educational assessment.

View our conferences 

Dan Clooney at Research Conference

Resources for schools

Assessment of general capabilities

A frame of reference for teaching, learning and assessing the development of ‘21st century’ skills in collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking.

Learn moreabout assessment of general capabilities 

Learning Progression Explorer

An online tool that enables education stakeholders to study and explore learning progressions and assessment results in domains of learning, such as reading and mathematics.

Learn moreabout Learning Progression Explorer 

Communicating student learning progress

This project investigated alternatives to the traditional ‘school report’ as a way of communicating the progress students make in their learning.

Full report  Findings in brief  

Mapping the assessment reform journey

Follow two schools’ assessment reform experiences through interactive timelines featuring recorded interviews with key staff, together with artefacts of the reform process such as meeting agendas, protocols and presentations.

Emmanuel College  Newborough East Primary School