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The Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment (CEMA) has a broad range of educational products available to support you.

National and state education assessment landscapes have grown in significance with data informing major education, accountability and investment decisions. Arguably more important, is the use of assessment and evidence at school level to inform teaching and improve learning outcomes.

The education community has identified an urgent need to develop teachers’ professional practice in these areas. This imperative is made more compelling by recent reports* which link professional learning, quality teaching including assessment practices, and improved student outcomes.

Click on the educational resource link or the resource date of your choice to register or register and pay.

Teachers, Leading others, Leading school:

Each masterclass is scheduled between 3.30pm and 5pm.

Cost: $120 per teacher or $460 per Catholic Schools NSW school.

It is advisable to complete the corresponding professional learning (PL) online module beforehand.

Selected response and short-answer items (5.1)

(Prerequisite PL modules 2 and 1 if possible)

Time This masterclass includes:

3.30-4.30pm

  • Considering the relationship between Bloom’s Taxonomy and writing selected response items
  • Considering some NAPLAN items to ascertain the extent to which they are assessing HOTS 
  • Evaluating the success (validity) of HOTS items 
  • Demonstrating ways that HOTS may be used in formative and summative assessments
  • Promulgating a planning approach for moving schools towards shared goals in HOTS assessment

4.30-5pm

  • Discussion 

Extended response, performance tasks, and rubrics (5.1)

(Prerequisite PL modules 3, 4 and 1 if possible)

Time This masterclass includes:

3.30-4.30pm

  • Constructing and using extended-response and performance-based items for the assessments associated with a range of educational purposes related to student learning (including Higher Order Thinking Skills - HOTS)
  • Developing analytic and holistic rubrics for such items/tasks
  • Exploring a process for identifying for your school: where you are now; where you want to be; and, how you might get there

4.30-5pm

  • Discussion 

Classroom assessment tasks & tests (5.1)

(Prerequisite PL modules 5 and 1 if possible)

Time This masterclass includes:
3.30-4.30pm
  • Why appraising classroom assessments is important
  • Assessment validity to generate evidence
  • The interaction between student and assessments
  • Analysing test and task level examples
  • Identifying 3 key questions for your school

4.30-5pm

  • Discussion 

Formative Assessment and Feedback (5.2)

(Prerequisite PL modules 5 and 1 if possible)

Time This masterclass includes:

3.30-4.30pm

  • Defining formative assessment and effective feedback
  • The value of formative assessment for teachers
  • Considering some issues and initiatives in formative assessment
  • Understanding the role of effective feedback in formative assessment
  • Reviewing current practices
  • Identifying 3 key questions for your school

4.30-5pm

  • Discussion 

Moderation and reporting (5.3, 5.5)

(Prerequisite PL modules 6 and 1 if possible)

Time This masterclass includes:
3.30-4.30pm
  • Reviewing the terminology and issues surrounding moderation and comparability at the classroom and school-level
  • Revisiting moderation in a standards-referenced environment
  • Considering some of the techniques that might be used to moderate assessments across different classes and (academic and calendar) years
  • Identifying the type of evidence that might be collected to support the claims of comparability
  • Exploring ways of making comparable the results in A to E reporting
  • Considering ways to work out where schools are in terms of their moderation activities now; where they want to be; and, how to get there

4.30-5pm

  • Discussion 

Each masterclass is scheduled between 3.30pm and 5pm. 

Cost: $120.

Planning & evaluation – moving beyond the obvious when measuring success

Time This masterclass includes:

3.30-4.30pm

  • What schools are expected to address and what is reported
  • Discussion of what principals value
  • A common approach to building a measurement scale
  • Measuring performance against the scale
  • Measurement rubrics
  • Ways that an evidential argument might be built to support the scale
  • Some ways that teachers might assess students to collect evidence of what they know, can do, and value, in relation to what is being measured

4.30-5pm

  • Discussion 
The workshops run from 9am to 3pm. Cost: $200.
 
No prior knowledge assumed.
 

Building Analytic and Holistic Rubrics (5.1.3)

Time This workshop includes:
9-9.10am Introduction & Overview
9.10-11am

Defining rubrics and measurement rubrics

Considering some interesting examples

Introducing types of rubrics

11-11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am-1pm

Building rubrics

Locating students on a rubric

1-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-2.50pm Two examples of rubrics for non-cognitive skill Identifying 3 key questions for your school
2.50-3pm Conclusion & Evaluation

EDPZ6011 Assessment Literacy for School Teachers

EDPZ6012 Data Literacy for School Teachers

We offer innovative Master of Education units of study delivered entirely online that provide a basic introduction to what teachers need to know and do to assess effectively and maximise learning.

By successfully completing all six Modules in the Assessment Literacy for Teachers course, participants will be eligible to undertake an extension assessment module for an additional fee. 

Successful completion of this complete program is equivalent to the University of Sydney postgraduate unit of study EDPZ6011 Assessment Literacy for School Teachers (6 credit point value) and your statement of completion may be used to apply for credit toward a Master of Education program.

By education sector or union:

The professional learning modules below are sponsored by Catholic Schools NSW and free to participating teachers. 

Module 1: Assessment Literacy: modern assessment theory and related terminology

Module 1: Data Literacy for teachers

For paid enrolment in additional PL modules, select above.

For school enrolment for a group of teachers in masterclasses, select above. 


*NSW Curriculum Review final report (Masters, 2020) which describes assessment as a ‘powerful influence’ … on teaching and learning; and the National School Reform Agreement (2019)

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