EDSE14004 - Assessment and Reporting in Secondary Schools

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Quality assessment and reporting in a secondary school context requires professionally informed judgement practice using relevant knowledge, skills and dispositions. In this unit you will be asked to consider your role and the roles of your students in assessment for the purposes of improving student learning. This unit develops your capacity to interpret student assessment data and evidence to make decisions about teaching practices that will best support the needs of your students. In addition, your skills will be developed in the selection application of timely and appropriate types of feedback to improve students’ learning. You will be engaged in authentic assessment tasks that will help you to develop the skills and knowledges that are essential to you as a teacher assessor. This unit requires you to draw upon contemporary literature, theory, policy and good practice in building your assessment identity.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite EDFE13033

Pre-requisite EDSE12021


Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online discussion forum 5%
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Online discussion forum 5%
4. Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 76.47% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.79% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Provide further clarity about individual assessments
Provide additional clarity in the unit profile
Action Taken
Formative tasks were renamed and further information was provided about their purpose.
Source: SUTE
Re-format the task sheet to improve clarity
The task specifications will be reviewed and re-formated.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Review task information across the unit and ensure consistency
The Moodle site and teaaching resources will be reviewed to ensure that task information is consistent.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Word count on AT1 not sufficient to provide depth
Review word counts on all tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate how assessment can contribute to educational success for the diverse range of students in secondary schools
  2. Apply theory, principles and practice to design and critically evaluate assessment instruments and supports to ensure alignment between curriculum, assessment and learning experiences
  3. Use quality exemplars, feedback and reporting mechanisms to communicate student achievements, learning progress and future learning needs
  4. Recognise and respond to the accountability of teachers in assessment and reporting in secondary school contexts including moderation processes
  5. Demonstrate broad knowledge of planning, teaching and assessment strategies used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements

5.4 Interpret student data

5.5 Report on student achievement

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online discussion forum
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10