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Chapter 4: Alignment and Front-Ending Assessment
Alignment and Front-Ending Assessment
This chapter has a focus on how assessment and instruction can be integrated in classroom practice to improve learning and student engagement. We present two main concepts for building and sustaining high-quality assessment cultures: the alignment of assessment, curriculum and pedagogy, and the ‘front-ending’ of assessment with a sharp focus on task-design processes as the anchors for curriculum planning and teaching.
The ideas discussed in this chapter draw from a range of assessment studies and engage in particular with the insights of a large-scale, one-year study funded by the Australian government. The aims of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts (DETA)1 in this initiative were ...