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Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students, as Geoff Masters explains.

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Changing National Assessments in Bangladesh

Changing National Assessments in Bangladesh

On 9 June 2016, the Dhaka Tribune Editorial noted that: "It is of no surprise that one of the top research priorities for the Australian Council for Educational Research is assessment".

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Is there another way to think about schooling?

There is a well-established way of thinking about schooling - one that focuses on teaching age-based curriculum and assessing students on that curriculum. But, there is an alternative.

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Building Innovation: Learning with technologies

Kathryn Moyle explores national and international policy priorities for building students' innovation capabilities through information and communication technologies (ICT) in Australian schools.

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Achievement matters but what about tracking learning progress?

Peter Goss and Jordana Hunter from the Grattan Institute discuss the importance of tracking academic progress to reveal how much students have actually learnt.

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Assessment: Getting to the essence

Educational assessments are collected, interpreted and used in different ways, but all serve the same fundamental purpose, as Geoff Masters explains.

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Why A to E grades paint the wrong picture

Geoff Masters makes the case for a new approach to assessment so that teachers can better monitor the progress their students make and the effectiveness of their own teaching.

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Measuring learning: Why we need to work together

One of the keys to increasing the quality and comparability of learning measures is cooperation within the international community, argues Jeaniene Spink.

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Digital assessments of early learning

Dannielle Anzai reports on an innovative computer-based early-years literacy and numeracy assessment that puts young learners at the controls.

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Towards a growth mindset in assessment

Geoff Masters describes three general approaches to evaluating and providing feedback on the outcomes of learning; what it means to learn successfully; the implications for how students view themselves as learners; and how they understand the relationship between effort and success.

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Measuring progress

Geoff Masters reports the need for a system of educational assessment that provides long-term pictures of student progress.

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Reforming Educational Assessment: Imperatives, principles and challenges

AER 57 reviews research into assessment, especially in schools; it analyses the pivotal role of assessment in learning and argues for its reconceptualisation by practitioners and policy makers to better support learning.

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Assessing student learning: Why reform is overdue

Advances in our understanding of human learning require new approaches to assessing and monitoring student learning.

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