The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) P–10 Australian Curriculum newsletter provides current curriculum information and highlights the range of resources and professional learning opportunities the QCAA provides to support implementation of the curriculum.
New K–12 assessment policy
QCAA has published a new K–12 assessment policy. The policy provides a reference for schools seeking advice, guidance and clarification about assessment.
The policy is outlined in these updated resources:
QCAA is offering professional development on assessment in 2018.
K–10 Custom-designed professional learning
QCAA offers competitively priced, custom-designed professional learning tailored to the needs of your school or cluster. Some examples of topics the QCAA can deliver include:
- Australian Curriculum: Planning for learning areas
- Designing quality assessment aligned to Australian Curriculum achievement standards
- Numeracy across phases of learning
- Literacy across phases of schooling
To request a workshop, please complete and submit a Request professional development services form.
International testing forum a success
QCAA has developed resources to help teachers engage with international data, focusing on mathematics and science. Resources include activities designed to strengthen understanding of international assessment. Find these resources at www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/publications/reports-papers/qcaa.
On Tuesday 10 October, QCAA hosted a forum on international testing programs, specifically the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and how the data collected by them can inform and guide schools. The forum was chaired by Professor Bob Lingard from the University of Queensland’s School of Education, and other panellists included Dr Paul Browning (Principal St Paul’s Bald Hills), Ms Jacinda Euler (Principal Brisbane Girls Grammar School), Mr Andrew Peach (Executive Principal Marsden SHS), Mr Paul Zernike (Principal Milton SS) and Professor Shelley Dole (Sunshine Coast University). The event was attended by more than 120 school leaders and educators.
Conference for special schools: Navigating the Australian Curriculum and assessment for students with disabilities
On Monday 16 October, QCAA held a full-day conference on the Prep–Year 10 Australian Curriculum to support planning teaching, learning and assessment in special schools. One hundred delegates comprising curriculum leaders and teachers from special schools attended the event.
Keynote speaker, Dr Bree Jimenez (Special Education Research Consultant at Mater Dei Special School, Camden NSW), focused on how the Australian Curriculum could be accessed to provide the relevant and engaging learning required for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Dr Jimenez emphasised the vision of high expectations for all students and that assessment should be meaningful and measurable.
Dr Jimenez’s plenary session allowed delegates to experience hands-on activities to explore how instructional strategies are used to support students with intellectual disability. The session provided teaching strategies that could be implemented immediately in the classroom.
New student diversity resources coming soon
QCAA is about to release new, high quality and up-to-date resources to help schools support student diversity. Examples of flexible and inclusive teaching, learning and assessment plans, and equitable opportunities for alternative assessment formats and arrangements are coming soon, so watch this space...
Heather Fehring (ed.) 2017 Assessment into Practice: Understanding assessment practice to improve students’ literacy learning, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, Newtown, NSW.
Assessment into Practice is a compilation of diverse and thoughtful papers addressing the ongoing challenge for teachers to improve students’ literacy. The text is divided into three sections: micro-level (school-based requirements), meso-level (education system requirements) and macro-level (policy requirements), which directly influence educational practice. Insightful and considered, papers explore subjects such as educational tests and measurements, educational evaluation and effective teaching. Chapter content is supported by pictorial and written illustrations, and relevant data. This focus on literacy assessment informs and reflects on assessment issues and practice.