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- Assessment in the classroom
Assessment for learning is best described as a process by which assessment information is used by teachers to adjust their teaching strategies, and by students to adjust their learning strategies.This section sets out some evidence-based principles to guide effective classroom practice in the use of assessment information to improve teaching and learning.
While there is no formula that will guarantee learning for every student in every context, there is extensive, well-documented evidence about the kinds of teaching approaches that consistently have a positive impact on student learning.
The Ministry of Education Position Paper: Assessment (2011) outlines its vision for assessment. This is the first formal statement of position on assessment since the National Assessment Strategy in 1999.
The position paper is supported by Directions for Assessment in New Zealand (2009), which places assessment firmly at the heart of effective teaching and learning.
There is a wealth of reports and articles available concerning the principles and practices of formative assessment. We feature a key selection of them in this section.
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In this section, teachers and leaders can find resources to help them with the inquiry process in their schools. The section includes a case study from St Patrick's College, Silverstream, practical tools for teachers and useful readings and links.
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