Assessing and Evaluating Learning


I found the readings by Stripling (2007), Brown (2008) and Batz and Rosenberg (1999) to be very practical and informative. However, in my current role as a classroom teacher I find it hard to assess learning in different ways and with different evidence other than numbers. This is due to the fact that it’s the numbers that are used to rate and rank in so many ways. The numbers determine student grades, ATARs, rankings etc. Added to this the rise of things like the My Schools website and NAPLAN testing mean that numbers (and the push for teachers to constantly improve them) are taking top priority in school.

How do I try and assess and demonstrate student learning in different ways and show how this learning can affect the numbers? This is certainly a challenge that needs tackling…