Teachers Making Contextualised, Group Judgements of Generic Skills and Dispositions

Teachers Making Contextualised, Group Judgements of Generic Skills and Dispositions

This paper outlines a project of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, in collaboration with the Australian Council for Education Research that has been running since 2001. Different teachers of a student make independent assessments of the generic skills and dispositions of that student and these separate judgements are subsequently brought together into a single overall or whole-school report.

The process is supported by specially developed computer software to synthesise the judgements of different teachers. The judgements made are generic and cross-curricular rather than subject-based. More than 10 000 students in more than 100 schools have been assessed with the procedures developed in the project since 2001. The trials have shown that participating teachers are able to make global, impression judgements of generic skills and dispositions, and that the assessment process developed by the project is cost effective. The trials also showed a significant degree of agreement between different teachers about the individual student. The degree of agreement between teachers from across the curriculum made the production of an overall, collective or whole-school report both meaningful and feasible.

Participating schools have used this generic skills assessment and reporting model for a variety of purposes.

 

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