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 specialisation method areas. ITEs will develop their skills and understanding by engaging in the complete cycle of assessment within the class. They will develop and review assessment tasks for year 7-12 students, and the ways effective feedback is reported to parents and carers.   ITEs will also engage in moderation procedures of sample assessments, student data and rubrics 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.

Unit details

Online – Real Time
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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 specialisation specific 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
Review Secondary Specialisation Review 30%
Project Junior and Senior Secondary Specialisation project 40%
Project Teacher diagnostic evaluation 30%
Minimum effective word limit of 5000 words in total. Hurdle: Specialisation Workshop 1 Hurdle Task.

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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