“Teachers need to know that every student is learning by continuously assessing their progress and incorporating that information into daily instruction.” – Sharratt and Fullan
CESE's What works best 2020 update describes Lyn Sharratt's five elements of effective assessment practice:
- establishing learning intentions that are drawn from the relevant syllabus and clearly describe what students should know, understand and be able to do at the conclusion of a unit of work
- creating success criteria that describe what success looks like in relation to the learning intentions and are co-created by students and teachers
- providing explicit descriptive feedback to students in a timely manner and ensuring that it is clearly understood by students
- building the capacity of students to peer assess and self-assess using the success criteria as a reference
- developing the capacity for individual goal-setting by students, which includes students asking questions such as ‘What do I need to improve?’ and ‘What is my next step?’.