Testing for Teaching: A longitudinal formative assessment project

Year: 2003

Author: Izard, John, Jeffery, Peter

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper is a progress report on an on-going longitudinal, public-private project [PPP] between a whole school staff at Monbulk Primary School, Victoria, Australia and two consultants connected with Professional Resources Services Pty Ltd. The project involved establishing a climate for change to a model of formative assessment practices in the school, assisting teachers to select appropriate instruments, publishing those instruments, collecting and publishing item response model [IRM] data for the instruments, applying them annually and facilitating follow-up teaching using the results. The project began in 1995 and has been subject to two independent reviews by government authorities since then. Quite remarkable learning gains are being demonstrated consistently every year.