Essay on Assessment Of A Western Sydney Primary Classroom
This report aims to present a comprehensive case study of assessments used in a Western Sydney Primary classroom, specifically a Year 1 class and seeks to understand the integral role of assessment in the teaching and learning process. There will be a specific focus on the tools and strategies used to assess learners and inform teaching. The case school is set in a low socio-economic neighborhood, with very few minority groups. Most students are from English speaking families. The school is made up of 17 classes - 4 x Stage 3, 4 x Stage 2, 2 x Year 2, 2 x Year 1, 3 x Special Needs and 2 pre-school classes. While it is difficult to apply the findings to all the classes at this school, it does give an insight – even if only small – of the value placed on assessment within the Junior school context.
Primary school in Australia consists of seven years and is compulsory for children aged 6. All schools follow the Australian curriculum, which is governed by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA, 2015). The Australian curriculum means that no matter where students live they now have access to the same curriculum content and their progress will be measured against the same achievement standards. Within the Australian context there is a strong curriculum base that influences assessment. The national curriculum typically provides “valued outcomes, suggested resources and pedagogy, and assessment guidelines” (Cumming and Maxwell,…