Teachers' perceptions of the influence of assessment on their teaching of year 9 English

Leanne Portelli*, Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan

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This article draws from a Masters research study investigating the early implementation of the NSW English K-10 Syllabus in Year 9 with a focus on, teachers' perceptions of the various forms and purposes of assessment and the role these play in the classroom. The five participants were drawn from one English faculty in a single sex school in the Sydney metropolitan area. In this case study it is evident that systemic policy and an external national testing agenda constrain both classroom and assessment practices consequently narrowing teacher assessment literacy. It appears that the challenge ahead for educators is to balance the demands of external testing with professional agency to develop meaningful assessment strategies that capture the learning occurring in the classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalEnglish in Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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