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Friday, 30 Aug 2013

Assessment and reporting in the Primary School

The new K–6 syllabuses provide support materials to demonstrate how teachers can assess and report on the progress of their students. Sample units of work with suggested assessment tasks for English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and History are available on the Board’s website.

In addition, click here to view a range of suggested activities that can be used in the K–6 classroom as you plan for assessment. The range of suggested tasks include observations, collaborative activities and activities of a reflective nature.

The Board of Studies WriteOn writing competition website includes a selection of rubrics which are useful in the primary classroom. For rubrics developed to support narrative, recount, description and exposition writing, click here.

NSW syllabuses promote an integrated approach to teaching, learning and assessment. The purpose of assessment is to provide valid, reliable and useful information about student learning in order to:

  • monitor student achievement in relation to outcomes
  • guide future teaching and learning opportunities
  • provide ongoing feedback to students to improve learning.

The type of assessment activity and the way the evidence of learning will be gathered will vary depending on the:

  • outcomes being assessed
  • evidence to be gathered
  • teaching and learning activity
  • context
  • students’ learning needs.

Students should be provided with opportunities to demonstrate their learning through a variety of assessment activities as part of an ongoing process. Whatever assessment strategies are used, it is important that activities are accessible to all students.


For more information, contact:
Christine Taylor
Inspector, Primary
(02) 9367 8199