Clare Feeney | Head of Content, Australia
A key recommendation from Gonski 2.0 is the move from summative assessments measured against year level outcomes to more regular formative assessments that acknowledge learning progressions (Australian Department of Education and Training, 2018). Of particular importance is the role that formative assessments can have to help students become active partners in their learning journey. While teaching, I found that regular formative assessments that provided timely and specific feedback to students had an enormous impact on their engagement, motivation and desire to succeed in school as it clarified to students how to improve.
Jimmy Bowens | Head of English
As we reflect on the 2017 NAPLAN results, it is becoming alarmingly clear that there is a need to focus on teaching students how to write effectively . The NAPLAN itself has received its share of criticism, none more widely touted than that of Dr Les Perelman who correctly points out:
“If we want to test writing, we should test all aspects of it, including reading, prewriting, writing, revision, and 21st century editing,” (Perelman, 2018)
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