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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.

Details

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

Pre-requisite EDFE13033

Pre-requisite EDSE12021

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 58.82% 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: Student evaluation
Feedback
Assignments were considered to be valuable and well scaffolded.
Recommendation
Retain assessment tasks and supports.
Action Taken
Further scaffolding was put in place to support students.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Moderation and feedback sessions with peers were found to be valuable.
Recommendation
Retain feedback and moderation sessions.
Action Taken
Feedback and moderation sessions were retained.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Cross-disciplinary student groups weren't as valuable as same discipline groups.
Recommendation
Change feedback and moderation groups so that they are discipline-specific.
Action Taken
Feedback and moderation groups were changed to be discipline-specific.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Assignments were considered to be valuable and well scaffolded.
Recommendation
Retain assessment tasks and supports
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Earlier formative activities were valuable, but could be more task specific
Recommendation
Formative activities rewritten so that they are more closely linked to summative tasks
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Some repetition of materials on Moodle site
Recommendation
Review and change Moodle site to reduce repetition of materials
Action Taken
Nil.
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.

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
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
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
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online discussion forum
4 - Written Assessment