Making trustworthy assessment decisions

In order to be more certain about the consistency of your assessments, and whether or not you can rely on them, you can compare what you are noticing with what other teachers may notice in relation to the same student’s performance, or in relation to similar students performing the same task.

You can also compare the assessment of this task with other assessment tasks completed by the same student, to see the extent to which this assessment may provide new information compared to the information provided in those assessments.

Using the video sample performances

The video sample performances provide concrete examples of other students doing the assessment tasks. The accompanying highlighted criteria sheets indicate what those students can say and understand as they undertake the task. The samples provide examples of what students at different stages are able to do, and so aligning their performance to the broad levels of performance of other EAL students.

Watching the samples and analysing the criteria sheets will assist you in the process of analysing your own students’ performances.

After you have looked at the samples and annotations, you can review the way you have assessed your students’ work in order to ensure your judgements are consistent with the samples.


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