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BOSTES releases Learning Assessment report

29 Jun 2016

BOSTES has released the Learning Assessment report, which identifies how student and beginning teachers can best learn to use, analyse, interpret and develop assessment to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.

Assessment is an essential tool for teachers and this report focuses attention on how teachers can ensure a consistent approach to assessment. The report will help universities prepare student teachers to develop skills and knowledge in assessment. 

The report emphasises the importance of professional experience placements, which aid student teachers to observe best practice, and lists key elements of effective assessment practice. These include:

  • Teachers understanding the key role assessment plays in bringing together syllabus elements and performance standards to ensure learning opportunities and clear expectations about achievement
  • Beginning teachers having sufficient data literacy to understand the results of large scale testing programs and how they can help improve student learning.

BOSTES and its partners in the school education sector will use this report as the basis for future professional development for teachers.

The report was undertaken as part of the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) reforms designed to improve the already high quality of teaching in NSW schools.