Assessment for learning

Assessment for learning is about developing teachers’ and learners’ ability to design and use assessment for its core purpose – to support further learning. This involves gathering, analysing, interpreting, and using information in focused and timely ways that provide evidence of learner progress.

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New Zealand schools design assessment in their classrooms so that teaching and learning is meaningful and meets the needs of their students.

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Ākonga and their whānau take an active part in conversations

The practice of assessment for learning works best when ākonga and their whānau take an active part in conversations about each learner’s strengths and their progress, talking about:

  • what is being learned
  • how the learning connects to the learner’s life
  • the next steps in their learning
  • how learners, whānau, and teachers can together construct meaningful learning pathways and support their use.

The assessment information is used to celebrate learners’ progress and their strengths, to plan their next learning opportunities, to adjust strategies according to their needs, and to identify any needs for additional support sooner rather than later.

Enhancing the way assessment is used in the classroom promotes learning and wellbeing, raising learners’ levels of progress and achievement, and also informs local curriculum design.

Explore these resources as you plan assessment for learning.

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