A Systems-Level Approach to Building Sustainable Assessment Cultures: moderation, quality task design and dependability of judgement

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Colbert, Peta
Wyatt-Smith, Claire
Klenowski, Val
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2012
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This article considers the conditions that are necessary at system and local levels for teacher assessment to be valid, reliable and rigorous. With sustainable assessment cultures as a goal, the article examines how education systems can support local-level efforts for quality learning and dependable teacher assessment. This is achieved through discussion of relevant research and consideration of a case study involving an evaluation of a cross-sectoral approach to promoting confidence in school-based assessment in Queensland, Australia. Building on the reported case study, essential characteristics for developing sustainable assessment cultures are presented, including: leadership in learning; alignment of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; the design of quality assessment tasks and accompanying standards; and evidence-based judgement and moderation. Taken together, these elements constitute a new framework for building assessment capabilities and promoting quality assurance.

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Policy Futures in Education

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10

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4

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© 2012 Symposium Journals. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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Education systems not elsewhere classified

Specialist studies in education

Education assessment and evaluation

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Education policy, sociology and philosophy

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