Assessment

Assessment for, as, and of learning should underpin all assessment practices in Stages 4 and 5 science. Science teaching and learning programs should incorporate of range of assessment strategies such as:

  • diagnostic, formative and summative assessments
  • first hand investigations
  • gathering secondary information from sources
  • written, oral, and design based presentations
  • closed and open-ended tasks
  • individual and group tasks

In Stages 4 and 5, the Validation of Assessment 4 Learning and Individual Development (VALID) tests in Year 8 (mandatory) and Year 10 (optional) provide external assessment of student learning in science.

Oral presentation rubric (DOCX 47KB) provides a rubric that can be used for oral presentations in assessment tasks.

Science skills rubric (DOCX 45KB) provides a rubric for science skills of ‘planning, methodology, processing dada, concluding and communication that can be used in assessment tasks.

Assessment task critiquing tool

When creating an assessment task for Stages 4 or 5 science, consider the following reflection questions.

  • Are there a manageable number of outcomes being assessed?
  • Are outcomes the focus for the activities in the assessment task?
  • Does the task assess what the students have had the opportunity to learn in class?
  • Will the task produce what you want the students to demonstrate?
  • Is the task the most appropriate way of assessing the outcomes?
  • Do the demands of the task reflect the task weighting?
  • Is the task efficient and manageable, for the teacher and the student?
  • Will the task allow differentiation between students?
  • Does the task clearly communicate what is expected?
  • Is there a clear description of what students are expected to do?
  • Does the task provide explicit marking criteria? Is this supported with a holistic or analytical marking rubric?
  • Will the task produce enough evidence to make a sound judgement of students’ achievement?
  • Will the task challenge all students?

Marking guidelines: a support document for science teachers (DOCX 47KB) provides examples of marking guidelines which can be used for assessment tasks in Science 7–10 and Stage 6 Science courses.

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