Assessment and Evaluation at UNSW focuses on investigating and teaching current issues in assessment and evaluation, and in supporting the development of quality assessment and evaluation at the individual, school and system level. Our ultimate goal is to provide better assessment tools for teachers and to promote more effective student learning, hence we are also interested in testing and selection and system-wide accountability.

Broadly, our discipline includes the areas of:

  • Assessment for teaching and learning
  • Assessment for selection and certification
  • Measurement of student performance, achievement, attainment, competence, and growth
  • Factors influencing student achievement
  • Setting objective, criteria, and standards for student learning
  • Large-scale, national and international testing programs
  • School-based program evaluation.

Our goals are achieved through a range of research and approaches, including detailed case studies of effective policy and practice, collaborative action-oriented research and large scale survey and experimental research.