Assessing student progress

Where to access information, resources and professional learning to help with assessment

Teachers have worked hard in 2020 to support students through remote and flexible learning contexts. This has included developing and implementing new approaches to how students are assessed.

To help, a summary of new and updated assessment tools, along with other existing assessments, is summarised on the FUSE website. Teachers are encouraged to select and use these assessments as required, considering:

  • the school context
  • student needs
  • assessment practices, including triangulation of evidence to assist with point-of-need teaching.

In addition, the Department has provided advice and guidance for a return to classroom-based teaching, and has developed a guide for teachers and school leaders with suggested approaches for identifying student progress and supporting growth with targeted strategies.

Insight Assessment Platform Assessments for Prep and Grade 1

The English Online Interview (EOI) and Mathematics Online Interview (MOI) are available to help assess students in Prep and Grade 1, and are hosted on the Insight Assessment Platform.

Completing the EOI in Term 4 allows schools to track learning growth against EOI assessments completed in Term 1.

Insight also hosts the Diagnostic Assessment Tools in English (DATE), which can be used to assess the learning strengths and challenges in English for students between Prep and Grade 4.

EOI, MOI and DATE are recommended for on-site learning. If applying the assessments in a remote learning environment, schools will need to authenticate student responses as the students' own independent work.

Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) are assessment tools for students with disabilities and additional learning needs. The five different ABLES assessments are currently available on the Insight Platform. 

ABLES assessments may be conducted in remote and flexible learning contexts.

Short assessments for Grade 3 to Year 10

A series of short assessments will be available from week three in Term 4, to support literacy and numeracy assessment for students in Grade 3 to Year 10. The short assessments are suitable for use in remote and flexible learning and are mapped to the National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions.

Teachers can group together or modify these short assessments to suit the learning needs of their students. They are easy to administer and will be available as Microsoft Forms, Google Forms, and PDF.

Literacy and Numeracy Check-in assessments for Grade 5 and Year 9

A new suite of check-in assessments for students in Grade 5 and Year 9 will be available in week three in Term 4, to help schools assess students against the National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions.

Teachers will be able preview the assessments on the Insight Assessment Platform and use them to assess students if additional information is required. Results will be accessible immediately.

The Literacy and Numeracy Check-in Assessments are recommended for on-site learning. If applying the assessments in a remote learning environment, teachers will need to authenticate student responses as the students' own independent work.

New Digital Assessment Library (DAL)

The DAL will be available in Term 4, offering high-quality online classroom student assessments  to supplement planned assessment approaches.

These linear English (reading-focused) and mathematics assessments cover Levels 2-10 and will be available during specific periods in Term 4.

If your school has not previously used the DAL, your school principal must complete an online registration process.

The DAL assessments are recommended for onsite learning due to concerns with student authentication. If applying the assessments in a remote learning environment, schools will need to consider ways to mitigate this risk.

Access the New Digital Assessment Library (DAL)
The library will be available in Term 4

Guides and training support

Insight Assessment Platform

Resources are available to help teachers who have not accessed Insight before to prepare for these assessments, including how-to guides and short videos and training sessions.

More information about the platform can also be found on the Insight webpage.

Access the Insight Assessment Platform
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Intervening with impact

Resources are available to support school leaders to evaluate the learning needs of students in Term 4. These include guidance on a return to classroom-based teaching and Assessing and intervening with Impact.

Small Group Learning Support

This advice provides evidence-based, practical guidance for the use of small group learning as a targeted student support strategy, with a focus on implementing small group learning online and principles that can be applied in any context.

Formative assessment content

Formative assessment content on the Learning From Home website provides explanations, suggestions, examples and templates for each of the 16 formative assessments.

The strategies are suitable for on-site and flexible and remote learning, and can be adapted to suit different school types, learning stages and curriculum areas.

Find out more

For more information, contact the Assessment Implementation Unit, via: