The progressive achievement cycle


Using data to understand where pupils are in their learning

Supporting the next steps

Informing teaching and learning through:

  • Setting personal stretch targets
  • Development of teachers’ capabilities
  • The use of learning resources

Tracking progress

Monitoring growth of pupil achievement over time

Helping every pupil demonstrate learning progress

A chart showing the relative progress in a single year of two students is the same, but one started at a lower position

A pupil who receives a 'D' grade every year may believe they are making no progress at all when, in reality, they may be progressing as much as a pupil who consistently receives an 'A’ grade.

Excellent progress becomes the expectation of every learner.

Scales: a powerful way to describe learning progress

  • Progressive Achievement scales detail the skills, knowledge and understanding typical at various points in the learning process in a domain – a roadmap for describing and measuring pupil progress.
  • ACER has mapped scales for learning progression in several domains, including reading and mathematics.

ACER’s Progressive Achievement approach uses evidence from cutting-edge research to inform world-class student assessments, teaching resources and professional learning.

Join thousands of educators using the Progressive Achievement approach to target teaching and improve learning.