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The Learning Conference 2003

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A National Teacher-Managed, Curriculum-Based Assessment System

Brown Gavin.

The Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle) project has released a computer software package that enables teachers to assess student progress in reading, writing, and mathematics in both English and Maori. The asTTle tool enables teachers to interpret student progress and obtain resources for further teaching. asTTle has been developed within a teacher-managed model of national testing that builds on teachers’ conceptions of assessment. This paper will review improvement-oriented principles of national assessment, discuss how these relate to New Zealand primary school teachers’ conceptions of assessment, and describe how the asTTle tool allows teachers to design assessments, analyse reports, and obtain resources to improve the quality of their teaching and their students’ learning.


Brown Gavin  (New Zealand)
Senior Project Manager
Project asTTle School of Education
University of Auckland

Gavin manages the Assessment Tools for Teaching Learning project which conducts research and development on assessment of reading, writing, and mathematics for students in Years 5-10 of the New Zealand school system. Previously, he has published in the area of assessing information literacy, taught English literature and language at secondary and tertiary levels. His recently completed PhD was entitled Teachers' Conceptions of Assessment.

  • Classroom Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Literacy
  • National Assessment
  • Numeracy

(30 min Conference Paper, English)