The Importance of Assessment for Continuity of Learning

When we refer to assessment, we are not referring to the ranking or formalised achievement testing inappropriate for young children (OPSI, 2008). It goes beyond the screening of young children for identifying special needs or gathering research data (OPSI, 2008).

The Challenge

Assessment that supports continuity of learning means creating a consistent approach to child assessments from birth through to age 8. In Australia, many current approaches to assessment are neither consistent nor harmonious. Substantive differences in the mindset and methods persist across early learning and school settings.

The Opportunity

Comprehensive and aligned assessment across both early learning and school settings would underpin continuity of learning. Such implementation is possible now, within current policy settings. However, shifts in mindset and method are required. Aligned assessment enables teachers and educators to:

Further Learning

To learn more about why Continuity of Learning is important, how it can be implemented, and the role assessment plays within this, download our free publication Towards Continuity of Learning: Rethinking Assessment HERE

Assessment isn’t about ranking children. Assessment provides vital feedback to educators to inform and guide their next teaching move. Done well it’s our window into the child’s learning and is our chance to learn and adapt the curriculum and teaching approach

Sir Kevan Collins