The following principles form the foundation of beliefs about assessment practices.
Assessment should be:
- aligned with curriculum and pedagogy
- equitable for all students
- evidence-based, using established standards/continua to make defensible and comparable judgments about students’ learning
- ongoing, with a range and balance of evidence compiled over time to reflect the depth and breadth of students’ learning
- transparent, to enhance professional and public confidence in the processes used, the information obtained, and the decisions made
- informative of where students are in their learning.
High-quality assessment is characterised by three attributes:
- validity, through alignment with what is taught, learned and assessed
- accessibility, so that each student is given opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do
- reliability, so that assessment results are consistent, dependable or repeatable.