About the Theme
The theme for this international conference is research and innovative education practices that support quality classroom assessment. The conference will bring together practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to collaborate and discuss success strategies, challenges and future directions in assessment.
Assessment is recognised as a critical component of quality teaching both in driving and enabling student learning. Many challenges exist in the development and implementation of quality assessment in modern education settings. Assessment is expected to serve many purposes: to guide student learning—identified in research and practice as formative assessment, assessment for learning, and assessment as learning; to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching strategies; to provide judgements of student achievement against specified standards; to provide evidence of school performance and student growth; and to report student achievement to the student, parents, the wider community and school systems.
To achieve these quality assessment goals, teachers and students need common understandings of learning goals, assessment expectations and identifiers of quality. Increasingly, a challenge is the recognition being given to the role of students in assessment and ways to ensure that students are engaged in their own learning with clarity of learning goals and quality performance. In times when teachers are expected to address the learning needs of all students, a further challenge is the development, implementation and interpretation of assessments adjusted to meet the needs of diverse learners—students with disabilities, different cultural backgrounds and different language backgrounds. Innovative approaches to assessment are required to address these challenges.
Perhaps most important for the future are the challenges and opportunities that technological developments provide for assessment. These emerge not only from ways of assessing student learning but also from the way technology itself may integrate within the learning that occurs.
This is the complex environment in which school leaders and teachers are engaging in classroom assessment. This conference will present stories of successful endeavours, the challenges being faced and pathways forward, to shape quality classroom assessment practices for the next decades.
Subthemes for the RICA conference include, but are not limited to,