Evidence of learning

Some activities are better placed to provide useful evidence of student achievement.

Examples of evidence to gather

Explore the following suggestions for ideas that will work with your students.

Primary students

You can record observations:

  • during live video sessions (when not presenting direct instruction)
  • of student responses to tasks (written, recorded etc)
  • during teacher/student/parent discussions – video/phone.

Secondary students

You can record observations:

  • of contributions to a class discussion (written or verbal) on an online forum
  • of samples of work (written, verbal, visual)
  • of responses made through online forms or quizzes
  • of small group meeting online.

Primary students

Gather evidence from:

  • peer feedback through online tools (eg GSuite)
  • small group video conferencing
  • exit slips to end the day
  • phone calls to parents/students – how is my learning going? What have I done well today? Things I have learned today are?
  • goal setting
  • evaluation of work against set criteria/rubric.

Secondary students

Gather evidence from:

  • use of polls in digital learning environments to report on progress and level of confidence/understanding
  • individual goal setting for a specific period of time i.e. a day, a week, a fortnight that could be shared and negotiated with the teacher online
  • voice recorded self-reflections or peer-reflections on work against success criteria/assessment rubric
  • exit slips.

Regular and ongoing formative assessment of inquiry projects offers the opportunity to gather evidence of development in:

  • information gathering
  • information synthesis and analysis skills
  • source evaluation
  • collaboration
  • communication 
  • creativity.

Gather evidence of learning from:

  • jointly constructed texts, presentations or spreadsheets
  • student created content of any kind
  • discussion and sharing on an online platform between peers
  • cooperation on a task by allocating specific roles and responsibilities
  • drafts and versions of work that has changed in response to feedback.

When students are working on a project or practical activity, have them create a learning log or digital portfolio that documents their progress.

This should include (where relevant):

  • drafts or prototypes
  • a record of the feedback they have received
  • photos of their work at different stages
  • reflections on their progress.

The entire portfolio will then provide a range of evidence of their achievement.

Activities that provide evidence

These activities will support you to gather evidence of student achievement.

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