The focus of assessment to improve learning is on understanding – by diagnosing in detail – where learners are in their learning and monitoring learning progress over time, and using this understanding to inform the best next teaching steps to take to support that learning progress.
ACER’s longstanding and ongoing support of assessment is evident in the range of assessment tools it develops that enable educators to monitor learning across the lifespan. ACER also develops a variety of professional learning courses, programs and research conferences, and publications.
The major activity under this project is to investigate ways of assessing ‘21st century’ skills, such as creativity and innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, research skills and communication skills.
The use of technology in assessment has become widespread. Initially, the gains in efficiency that result when scoring and reporting processes can be automated were seen as the primary advantage of this change of mode. It is increasingly being recognised, however, that an innovation of even greater importance is the potential of computer-delivered assessments to give previously inaccessible insights into learning processes.