Practical Planning and Assessment ebook

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Kylie Readman, Bill Allen

Practical Planning and Assessment ebook

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Kylie Readman, Bill Allen






17 Oct 2013




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Practical Planning and Assessment takes the viewpoint that assessment is as an integral part of curriculum, pedagogy and student learning, and demonstrates how assessment can be used to aid, support and enable learning. Relevant and readily applicable examples and classroom scenarios highlight the major topics of the text: assessment principles, practices, issues and futures.

The text addresses current issues in the teaching and study of assessment planning by following a format that could be used to design a course on assessment for any phase of learning. The currency of the book is demonstrated with particular focus on topics that have become of interest in recent years: engaging with new technologies, using data to plan curriculum and assessment, the national curriculum and sustainable approaches to assessment as well as structuring a practical approach to assessment at the level of the professional classroom teacher.


  • Integrated Australian national curriculum information and gives examples from all states and territories
  • Planning and Assessment in Action Boxes help students link theory to practice by demonstrating how assessment and planning are used in real-life scenarios
  • Includes practical examples of good and bad practice and questions to help students reflect on their learning .


Introduction: Assessment Built-In or Bolt-On?

PART ONE Assessment Principles
1. Developing a healthy attitudes to assessment for teachers

Assessment is
Assessment, teaching and learning
Strategies to develop a healthy attitude to assessment

2. Developing a healthy approach to assessment among students
Perceptions of fairness
Motivation and resilience
Self-theories and expectancy value
Recognition of effort
Failure—A valuable tool for learning?

3. Non-negotiables in assessment
How beliefs and values on plagiarism can impact on assessment
Sources of positive beliefs and values for non-negotiables
How educational authorities express principles of assessment
Our non-negotiables

PART TWO: Assessment Practices
4. Planning and Programming Assessments

Principles behind the planning of assessment
Thinking about planning an assessment program
Constructive alignment: An outcomes-based approach to teaching,
learning and assessment

5. Classroom Formative Assessment Processes
Engage students through questioning
Understand learning through observation
Share learning goals and success criteria
Build commitment to shared learning goals
Involve pupils in their learning

6. Creating Helpful Feedback Cycles
Principles associated with feedback
Benefits and challenges of creating helpful feedback cycles
Giving feedback so that it has the most positive effect on learning
Common features of efficient and effective feedback cycles
Comparison of approaches to feedback at different points during learning

7. School-based Summative Assessment: Design, Development and Conduct
Examinations and tests
Quality assurance

8. Making Judgements about Student Achievement
Determining the assessable elements of a task
Identify the role of criteria and standards-based rubrics in assessment
decision making
Writing a rubric that is constructively aligned to the learning outcomes
Ways to enhance your judgments about students’ achievement

9. Recording and Reporting, Reviewing and Responding
Reviewing and responding—The growing requirement for data analysis

PART THREE: Assessment Perspectives
10. Assessment, Middle Schooling and the National Curriculum

General features of the Australian Curriculum
Assessment implications of the Australian Curriculum framework

11. Classroom Implications of High Stakes, Standardised Testing and Examinations
Preparing your students for high-stakes tests or examinations
Data analysis
Reviewing teaching and learning by analysing test data

12. Planning and Assessment in the Early Years (Vicki Schriever)
The current policy context within early childhood education
Issues facing the early years’ teacher
Impact and opportunities for assessment practices
A holistic and strength-based approach to assessing children
Crystal ball—The future of early childhood assessment

13. Planning and Assessment in the Senior Years
Purposes of summative assessment in Years 11 and 12
Summative assessment in Years 11 and 12 across Australia
Approaching assessment in Years 11 and 12—What to look for
Trends and directions for senior phase assessment in the future
Sustainable assessment

14. Accommodations of Assessment for Students with Special Needs (Mervyn Hyde)
What is assessment accommodation?
Classroom assessments and state or national tests: High-stakes assessments?
School-based assessment accommodations

15. Using Emerging Technologies to Engage With Assessment
Drivers to increase technology integration in schools
Models of technology integration for engaging with assessment
Technologies that are likely to emerge in the school system in the next one to five years

Conclusion: The Future of Classroom Assessment
Non-negotiables as the compass
Attitude is everything
Understand the terrain your students have traversed
‘Are we there yet?’
Your journey


Kylie Readman: Director, Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bill Allen: Senior Lecturer, School of Science, Education and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Contributors: Vicki Schriever and Mervyn Hyde

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Chapter 1: Developing Healthy Attitudes to Assessment for Teachers