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Workshops to support the implementation of the new languages syllabuses in Years 7-10. Purpose of the day To provide support in understanding: assessment issues related to the new languages syllabuses in Years 7-10 the ICT requirements of the new languages syllabuses in Years 7-10.

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Purpose of the day syllabuses in Years 7-10

To provide support in understanding:

  • assessment issues related to the new languages syllabuses in Years 7-10

  • the ICT requirements of the new languages syllabuses in Years 7-10.

    To provide opportunities to work collaboratively towards

    producing:

  • an assessment task

  • an ICT task.


What has happened so far? syllabuses in Years 7-10

New syllabuses were released in 2003.

In 2004 the Languages Unit:

  • conducted workshops across the state on programming for the new syllabuses

  • published support in a range of languages on the web site, including sample scope and sequence documents and sample units of work

  • published articles on the syllabuses in languages bulletins and curriculum support publications.


Assessment

Assessment syllabuses in Years 7-10


Assessment should be an integral part of a unit of work and should support student learning.

Assessment is the process of identifying, gathering and interpreting information about students’ learning. The central purpose of assessment is to provide information on student achievement and progress and set direction for ongoing teaching and learning.


What assessment advice has been issued? should support student learning.

Principles of Assessment and Reporting in NSW Government Schools DET NSW 1996

Consistency in Assessment and Reporting: a Support package for Secondary Schools CD-ROM package


In 2004 the Board of Studies issued: should support student learning.

  • Advice on Programming and Assessment

  • Assessment for learning in a standards-referenced framework CD-ROM

  • Descriptions of Levels of Achievement Consultation Draft


FAQs should support student learning.

  • What should I assess?

  • How should I assess?

  • How should I assess MBCs?

  • How often should I assess?

  • How should I record results?

  • How should I report results?

  • What about Quality teaching and assessment?

  • How should I use the DLAs?


Assessment expectations should support student learning.

Schools develop assessment policies which:

  • provide opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of mandatory outcomes

  • use valid and reliable assessment strategies

  • have assessment processes which are time efficient and manageable.


Teachers plan assessment strategies when planning should support student learning.

teaching and learning activities.

Quality assessment:

  • provides opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know and can do

  • is inclusive of all learners

  • is fair and valid

  • has explicit quality criteria.


Teachers’ judgements about student achievement can should support student learning.

be supported by samples or evidence of students’ work.

Teachers collect and record information that will enable

them to:

  • judge achievement of outcomes appropriate for the stage of learning

  • plan further teaching and learning activities

  • monitor student progress

  • report achievement to parents.


What is a standards-referenced framework? should support student learning.

A standards-referenced framework describes,

through syllabuses and other documents, the

expected learning outcomes for students.

In a standards-referenced framework outcomes are

central to teaching and learning and assessment.


Standards should support student learning.

  • Syllabus standards (outcomes and content) articulate

    what is to be taught and learnt.

  • Performance standards (stage statements, draft levels of achievement) describe the quality of performance in meeting the outcomes of a stage of learning.


The syllabuses use the terms should support student learning.

  • Assessment of learning

  • Assessment for learning

    Assessment of learning has replaced the term

    summative assessment.

    Assessment for learning has replaced the term

    formative assessment.


Assessment should support student learning.of learning is assessment for accountability purposes, to determine a student's level of performance on a specific task or at the conclusion of a unit, year or stage.

The information gained from this kind of assessment is often used in reporting.

These professional judgements about student achievement are made at key points in the learning cycle e.g. at the end of a year or stage.


Assessment should support student learning.for learning, on the other hand, is ongoing and acknowledges that assessment should occur as a regular part of teaching and learning and that the information gained from assessment activities can be used to shape the teaching and learning process.

It provides feedback that helps students to understand and plan the next steps in learning.


Evidence of learning should support student learning.

Methods of gathering evidence of learning

include:

  • informal observation by the teacher

  • questioning

  • peer evaluation

  • self evaluation

  • structured assessment activities.


Criteria for assessing learning should support student learning.

  • should be communicated to students with the activity

  • are clearly expressed in terms of the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the activity

  • relate to the syllabus outcomes

  • relate to the guidelines for marking

  • relate to performance standards

  • are sometimes referred to as assessment rubrics.


Feedback to students should support student learning.

  • is integral to the teaching and learning process

  • will let students know how well their knowledge, understanding and skills are developing in relation to the outcomes

  • enables students to recognise their strengths and

    areas for improvement

  • allows students to plan the next steps in their learning.


The process of recording evidence for assessment should support student learning.

  • needs to be manageable and allow information to be recorded quickly and easily

  • should emphasise quality rather than quantity of evidence

  • should reflect the reporting processes of the school

  • can be both formal and informal.



Descriptions of levels of achievement should support student learning.

Stage 4 has four levels of achievement.

Stage 5 has five levels of achievement.

Student achievement will be reported on the School Certificate Record of Achievement.


Terminology should support student learning.

Outcomes

Explicit statements of the knowledge, skills and

understanding expected to be learnt by students.

Criteria

Descriptive statements that teachers will use to make

judgements about the marks to be awarded for different

levels of performance.


Rubric should support student learning.

General criteria at the beginning of a section that will be

taken into account in marking work.

Marking guidelines

Provide the criteria for making judgements about the

different levels of student performance and the marks to

be awarded.


Marking scheme should support student learning.

May be identical to the marking guidelines

OR

May elaborate the marking guidelines in the light of

student responses.

Work samples

Provide student responses that illustrate particular

outcomes and provide an indication of levels of student

performance.


Where can I find more information? should support student learning.

  • Articles in languages bulletins and Curriculum Support documents

  • Curriculum Support web site

  • Consistency in Assessment and Reporting: a Support package for Secondary Schools CD-ROM package

  • DET web site http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/learning/7-12assessments/index.php


Curriculum Corporation Assessment for Learning website should support student learning.www.curriculum.edu.au/assessment

Information on:

designing and using rubrics

effective feedback

strategic questioning

student self-assessment.


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