Category Archives: Assessment

Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce

No, not the movements I have to make on my office chair to remain comfortable…although it’s getting closer to something like this as I get older, I have to admit! This is the title of an AfL technique for asking … Continue reading

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So what is wrong with ‘teaching to the test’?

Christopher Bantick, in today’s Weekend Australian, rails against what he calls the ‘mewling’ from teacher unions about Victorian teachers being directed by the state government education authorities to teach for the NAPLAN tests. He writes: The fear teacher unions have … Continue reading

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Whose performance? Who will be learning? What will be taught?

I was hopeful that sense would prevail. I am now fearful of what could happen to education in Victoria, at least. I was troubled by the article in today’s Sunday Age about teacher salaries (performance pay) being linked to test … Continue reading

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Keeping NAPLAN in perspective

I was very interested, and pleased, to receive the following email message from Judy Anderson, President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers today regarding the recent release of NAPLAN  results: TO: All AAMT members and interested others   Dear … Continue reading

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The Shaping of Mathematics in the National Curriculum

A very short post today: The paper on the shape of mathematics for the national curriculum has just been released. I highly advise reading what is contained in it. You can obtain a digital version here. You can also register to … Continue reading

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AAMT gets political on assessment

The AAMT (Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers) released their position paper on The Practice of Assessing Mathematics Learning late in 2008. The paper describes practice teachers should endeavour to work towards, in mathematics assessment. It is based around three themes. … Continue reading

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What Does It Take to be ‘Satisfactory’?

“The award of satisfactory completion for a unit is based on a decision that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision will be based on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s … Continue reading

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