Assessment : Purpose And Value Essay

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1.1 Assessment – Purpose and value

Assessments take on many forms, but all have one distinctive purpose, to empower a teacher with a resource that gathers information about students that will later be used for evaluating and analysing students’ knowledge and understanding, guiding teachers on what to report about a student’s achievement to the relevant stakeholders. Krause describes assessment as “The gathering and analysing of information about a student’s achievement”. (date). Assessing and reporting the achievement of a student is fundamental in the process of creating lifelong learners. brady & Kennedy define “the purpose of assessment is a method used to make a diagnoses of students learning and progress (date). Principle one of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority states “Assessment should be an integral part of teaching and learning” (2013). Teachers have a responsibility to their students to ensure they are providing every opportunity for their student to become strong, independent learners. This is reflected in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) goal one, promoting equity and excellence in schools and in goal two, for all students becoming successful learners, confident, creative individuals and active informed citizens (Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs [MCEECDDYA],2008). To achieve these goals schools, teachers, families and the broader community must work…

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