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7.1 Principles and attributes of assessment

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.

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