Assessment of Student Achievement – Years 7-10
At certain points in the learning program, such as at the conclusion of a topic, a program of
study, a stage, a term or a school year, judgements are made about student achievement. The
effectiveness of assessment in improving student learning and the quality of teaching
programs is dependent on the extent to which:
• the outcomes assessed have been targeted in prior teaching and learning activities
• the type of assessment task chosen enables the outcomes to be adequately demonstrated
• the focus of the task is clear
• the construction of the task provides the range of students with an opportunity to
demonstrate what they know and can do
• the assessment criteria are explicitly developed from the outcomes
• students are aware of the outcomes being assessed, and the assessment criteria
• students receive explicit feedback on their performance in relation to the assessment
Checklist for Assessment
The checklist set out below is a tool which teachers may choose to use when designing
assessment schedules and assessment tasks for Year 10. Points to check for each assessment
Y or N
1. Each outcome has been targeted for explicit teaching before assessment in a task.
2. Each task is of a type that allows demonstration of the outcomes being assessed.
3. The requirements of each task are clear.
4. The time allowed for each task is sufficient for students to demonstrate the extent
to which they have achieved the outcomes being assessed.
5. Any source and/or stimulus material used is clear, appropriate and intrinsic to the
6. Each task has a set of marking guidelines which:
• describes levels of achievement on assessed outcomes
• can be related to the Course Performance Descriptors
• allocates marks in proportion to the relative importance of each part of the task
• can be applied consistently.
7. Each task is designed to produce consistent results, ie:
• the language level is appropriate
• the task is an appropriate length
• the task does not contain bias eg gender or cultural.
For the assessment schedule:
8. Each outcome is assessed at least once.
9. A variety of assessment instruments has been used
10.Values and attitudes are not assessed.
From the NSW Board of Studies 7-10 History Syallabus Support Document