Assessment is an ongoing process. Teachers gather information on how children are learning, what they know and understand, so they can plan how the students will progress in their education.
As a parent or caregiver you will be kept informed of your child's progress and how their learning needs are being met.
Every day in every lesson teachers are assessing your child's progress. Sometimes they will use in-class tests, quizzes, assignments and projects, or they will look at children's work in class, watch how they work in groups and listen to how they answer questions.
In NSW public schools there are a number of assessments that all students are encouraged to do. They are designed to give vital information about student achievement to the student, their parents, their teachers and their school.
At least twice a year teachers generate student reports, based on tests and assignments, as well as their classroom observations. There are also reports to parents from national and state assessments. In the final years of school, there are the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate reports. The education department uses the information gleaned from test results to constantly improve the teaching and learning support provided to students. As parents you also have the opportunity to discuss your child's progress at regular parent-teacher interviews.
For more information about state and national assessments please follow the links below.