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Assessment literacy

Teacher working with students.

The primary purpose of assessment is to improve students’ learning, as both student and teacher respond to the information that it provides. Information is needed about what knowledge, understanding, or skills students need. By finding out what students currently know, understand, and can do, any gap between the two can be made apparent. 

Assessment literacy is:

  • the possession of knowledge about the basic principles of sound assessment practice, including its terminology 
  • the development and use of assessment methodologies and techniques
  • familiarity with standards of quality in assessment.  

Further support

Using evidence for learning

Three teachers discussing assessment.

The Using Evidence for Learning section of the Assessment Online website provides assessment literacy information, including some interactive demonstrations of technical aspects of assessment collection and aggregation. These web pages can be used for teacher professional development.

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