Course Title: Professional Experience: Using Assessment Data and Reporting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Using Assessment Data and Reporting

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Allison Byth

Course Coordinator Phone: by email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2626 Professional Experience: Becoming a Teacher

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the purposes and roles of assessment, examining assessment and reporting practices nationally, internationally and within the school and classroom contexts. You will explore the purposes and roles of a wide range of assessment and feedback strategies, including formal and informal, diagnostic, formative and summative and their impact on student learning, curriculum and pedagogy. You will learn how to assess student learning, record and represent students’ assessment data, interpret and analyse data, evaluate and plan learning programs.  You will develop your skills in using assessment and learning data to develop effective learning sequences and lesson plans. You will also learn how to make consistent and comparable judgements of students’ learning and make use of accurate and reliable records to clearly, accurately and respectfully report to learners and parents/careers about achievement. During your professional experience you will continue to develop your teaching practice more generally and participate as a professional teacher in the day-to-day activities of the school. You will also apply your knowledge and understanding of assessment and reporting practices to your own practice.

The course includes a professional experience placement (work integrated learning) during which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from supervising teachers and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice

  • Show commitment to professional learning by being an independent, open-minded, resilient and critically reflective learner, seeking out, learning from constructive feedback and adapting to meet the demands of the profession

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


AITSL Standards

1. Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on the role and purpose of assessment strategies including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning


2. Collect, interpret, analyse and apply assessment data to plan, structure and sequence a lesson series that includes challenging and differentiated learning goals

1.5, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 5.4, 5.5

3. Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills related to assessment moderation and making consistent and comparable judgements


4. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of strategies for reporting to students and parents/carers


5. Know the importance of providing timely feedback to students about their learning



Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Completion of the theoretical and online components will be a requirement for successful participation of the practical components of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Task 1 (25%) Data and Assessment CLO 3- use knowledge acquired from academic readings to write a report demonstrating an understanding of what data is and how the ongoing assessment process, using the data cycle, enables teachers to make informed and explicit pedagogical decisions.

Task 2, (50%) Create, implement and reflect on a sequence of lessons using data to inform your planning CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5 - using data on selected students from your placement classroom, develop and teach a sequence of three lessons to the entire class, identifying where learning needs to be differentiated; justify the choice of your assessment strategies and explain how these informed you about your students’ learning; and critically reflect on the implementation of your lessons, noting where, how and why feedback was provided to students and what effect this had on their learning.

Task 3,  (25%) Reporting to students & parents/carers CLO4 - Drawing on data, analysis and interpretation from Task 1, prepare an outline of points to raise at a student/parent/teacher conference plus a report for parents/carers about one student.

Assessment in this course is directly connected to your successful participation in professional experience. The end-of-placement report from your supervising teacher(s) on your professional development and participation in professional experience is an important component of your assessment. It will provide evidence of your ability to demonstrate the relevant professional practices and course learning outcomes specifically associated with the assessment tasks in the course. This is a critical assessment task in developing your knowledge and skills in relation to to meeting Standard 5.5, Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting to students and parents/carers and the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement, in the Australian Professional Standards for teachers.

In order to pass this course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your teaching placement, in accordance with Professional Experience requirements for outlined in this course guide below. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by Special Consideration, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete supplementary professional experience to pass the course.

Your professional experience placement is to be undertaken according to the Professional Experience Calendar, unless Special Consideration is granted for an equivalent assessment

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: