Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Improving teaching using student data

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher analysed student data from an assessment task using a guide to identify strengths and weaknesses in student understanding. The teacher modified a unit plan to include learning experiences to address identified concerns. A range of teaching strategies was incorporated into lesson plans with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. A new assessment task and rubric provide information on a subsequent opportunity, enabling the teacher to evaluate achievement gains and thereby the success of the intervention.

Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.4
Interpret student data
Career stage
Use student assessment data to analyse and evaluate student understanding of subject/content, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice.
  1. What methods could be used to ensure reliability and validity of assessment data?
  2. How does the teacher use assessment tasks and procedures to plan and develop quality learning experiences?
  3. How does the teacher review and evaluate the quality of their own work and modify their teaching practice?
Kalinda Primary School
Year level
Year 9
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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The Year 9 Science class is in a small secondary government school (210 students) in a rural and remote location. In the class there are 9 girls and 7 boys. Fifteen per cent of the students are Indigenous and there is an 80 per cent attendance rate overall. The school is designated low SES. The 2010 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results placed 46 per cent of students in the lower quartile (compared to 25 per cent nationally) and 10 per cent in the upper quartile (compared with 25 per cent nationally).
Content provider
Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA)

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