This unit provides Initial teacher Educators (ITEs) with a comprehensive knowledge of assessment in their specialised discipline areas for teaching secondary school students in years 7-12 with a focus on their minor method area. ITEs will develop their skills and understanding by engaging in the complete cycle of assessment within the class. They will develop assessment tasks for year 7-10, and year 11-12 students, and then they will pass these on to other ITEs to complete the assessments, and on to others to grade the assessments and engage in feedback and reporting. ITEs will also engage in moderation procedures of sample assessments in their specialisation area. This content will provide graduates with the skills and capacities to participate as competent and reflective members of the teaching profession.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Design formative and summative assessment tasks that can be used to assess students' learning in years 7-12  
  2. Analyse student achievement against rubrics and standards and construct high quality feedback.  
  3. Collaborate with colleagues to facilitate moderation to enable consistent and comparable judgements of student achievement.  
  4. Articulate student achievement and learning in reporting to parents and carers, and contribute to accurate and reliable records of student achievement.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Junior and Senior Secondary Report 30%
Project Junior and Senior Secondary Specialisation project 40%
Project Initial Preparation Activities and Teacher diagnostic evaluation 30%
Minimum effective word limit of 5000 words in total.

Required reading

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

Learning for Teaching: Teaching for Learning 3rd ed
Whitton, D et al., (2016)
Sydney, Cengage Learning Australia

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