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Assessment for learning in practice

Central to the practice of assessment for learning is the concept that students who truly understand and are involved in their learning will experience accelerated rates of achievement. Students who are involved in their learning can be thought of as assessment-capable or active learners. They know:

  • what they need to learn
  • where they are with that learning 
  • what their next learning steps are. 

To enable students to take charge of their learning, they need to be deliberately and systematically taught how to be assessment capable and active in their learning. 

The slides in this power point outline the general elements of assessment for learning.

PowerPoint icon. Exploring assessment for learning (PowerPoint 351 KB)

The key assessment capabilities illustrated in the sections below explain how teachers can develop the assessment for learning dynamic in their classrooms.