ABLES assessment tools

Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) ​includes:

  • ​three assessment tools across two learning areas
  • one general capability in the form of an observational survey that take approximately 20 minutes for teachers to complete for each student.

Government schools can access ABLES from the Insight Assessment Platform.

It is not necessary for teachers to test students prior to completing the online assessments, nor do students participate directly in assessment. The assessments have been designed to describe skills and abilities that teachers can observe in everyday school and classroom contexts and interactions with students.

The assessments cover two learning areas and one capability:

  • English – Speaking and Listening: the development of functional communication skills leading towards recognition and use of the social conventions of communication.
  • English – Reading and Writing: the development of the use and interpretation of symbolic forms of representation leading towards early reading and writing.
  • Personal and Social Capability: the development of skills to support personal or emotional and social or relational dispositions, intelligences, and sensibilities including:

    • Self Awareness: Self (specifically for students on the autism spectrum): the development of basic skills related to attention, memory and becoming an independent learner.

Together, these assessment tools provide a comprehensive picture of a student's strengths and abilities.


Early ABLES is a strengths and observation-based online assessment for learning tool. It supports early childhood educators to provide a more individualised learning experience for children aged two to five years with disabilities or developmental delay.

For more information, visit Early ABLES (log in required)