Assessment reform and educational change in Australia

Klenowski, Valentina (2011) Assessment reform and educational change in Australia. In Assessment Reform in Education. Springer Dordretcht, pp. 63-74.

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This chapter addresses the changing climate of assessment policy and practice in Australia in response to global trends in education and the mounting accountability demands of standards-driven reform. Queensland, a State of Australia, has a tradition of respecting and trusting teacher judgment through the practice of, and policy commitment to, externally moderated school-based assessment. This chapter outlines the global trends in curriculum and assessment reform, and then analyzes the impact of international comparisons on national policy. The creation of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) together with the intent of establishing a standards-referenced framework raises tensions and challenges for teachers’ practice. The argument for sustaining confidence in teacher-based assessment is developed with reference to research evidence pertaining to the use of more authentic assessments and moderation practices for the purposes of improving learning, equity and accountability. Evidence is drawn from local studies of teacher judgment practice and used to demonstrate these developments and in so doing illuminate the complex issues of engaging the demands of policy while sustaining confidence in teacher assessment.

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ID Code: 41541
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Assessment reform, educational change, curriculum development, assessment, learning
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0729-0_5
ISBN: 9789400707283
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 04 May 2011 07:07
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2017 04:23

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