In depth knowledge about assessment processes will assist in accurate student tracking and monitoring in ways that are consistent, reliable and will result in the collection of accurate data to inform teaching and learning.
In addition to formal assessment and careful monitoring of learning, assessment tools might include the use and analysis of running records, retelling as an assessment strategy, the use of well constructed rubrics for both teachers and students, annotated work samples and the use of attitude scales. Used well, all assessment strategies provide information for providing effective individual feedback (and feed forward) and goal setting. The goal is to model appropriate assessment strategies so students can engage in robust self assessment.
Using the data gathered to provide effective feedback for literacy learning is the key to improving teaching and learning.
Assistance is also provided for using the data available from NAPLAN testing. used well, aspects of these data can support whole school planning.