Assessment for Learning Framework
At All Saints Grammar we are committed to creating and sustaining an educational environment where:
- Teachers and students are engaged in meaningful, relevant student centred learning
- Teaching and learning practices are continuously evaluated and revised to ensure innovation and creativity
- Teaching and learning focuses on self-reflective and collaborative practices
- Teaching and learning enhances the skills of responsible digital citizens.
Our vision places significance on the development of the student in a holistic manner. Student engagement in the educational experience is an essential part of ensuring improvement in all areas of their lives. In order to promote engagement, the provision of quality learning opportunities is an imperative.
It is within this formative vision that we are implementing an Assessment for Learning (AfL) framework for pedagogy as a core element of our school’s Pre-Kindy to Year 12 pedagogical direction.
A Framework for Teaching and Learning
In educational circles, there are multiple approaches that attempt to foster excellence in professional teaching and learning practice. All Saints Grammar acknowledges the research, which indicates that the frameworks focussing on Classroom Management and on Instruction, can have a significant impact on student achievement. Assessment For Learning – also known as Formative Assessment – is recognised as the most effective approach to improve student learning and has been implemented for this reason.
The Principles of Assessment for Learning
The Principles of Assessment for Learning are as follows:
- emphasise the interactions between learning and manageable assessment strategies that promote learning
- clearly expresses for the student and teacher the goals of the teaching/learning
- reflect a view of learning in which assessment helps students learn better, rather than just achieve a better mark
- provide ways for students to use feedback from assessment
- help students take responsibility for their own learning
- are inclusive of all learners.
(Curriculum planning and programming, assessing and reporting to parents K-12 released in December 2008).
The framework is summarised by William (2011)