Since their inception, benchmark assessments have become increasingly valuable to educators in tackling various key challenges in Australian schools.
By utilising the national and global standardised testing, Australian educators can learn from other schools locally and globally, make strategic changes to the overall school environment and make data-driven decisions to evaluate their teaching methods.
To set students up for success in life, education needs to keep up with the highest standards possible. This ensures that students will be well-prepared for both further studies and eventually the workforce.
By leaning into and leveraging a global school assessment framework educators can compare their school’s performance to other schools both locally and globally. This allows them to then evaluate how their performance compares and to make adjustments where necessary.
This also opens the door to collaboration between schools and teachers so that they can learn from each other. For example, if one school has a majority of students who are below average on a certain topic, teachers can communicate with those from schools whose students are performing well and follow the teaching methods that these well-performing schools are utilising
Improve The Learning Environment for All Students
As part of the assessment process, students can also be given a questionnaire which asks them about their views on the school environment and how this affects their learning.
By analysing the results from these questionnaires and comparing to benchmarked responses, educators can better understand what students value and what problems they may be facing that can easily be remedied.
This can help school administrators look at the school environment as a whole and make improvements to various aspects to facilitate a much better learning environment for their students.
This can ensure schools and education institutions are meeting and striving to surpass minimum national and international standards to drive engagement and performance from attending students.
Thanks to the data derived from standardised assessments, decision-making both at the teacher and school level can be backed by actual facts and figures rather than vague averages based on the results of a select group of students.
This allows teachers to identify trends within their classrooms and, as they track their students’ progress, they can better evaluate how effective their teaching methods are.
Furthermore, leveraging online standardised assessments can further drive integrity and data driven insights and trends free from bias. This allows more objective decision making aligned with tried and proven benchmarking to raise the overall standard of education.
Online standardised assessments are valuable to help educators tackle key challenges in Australian schools. They help teachers to compare their results to other schools locally and globally and learn from each other to improve their teaching methods.
The data collected from and about students during these online assessments allows school administrators and educators to make improvements in the overall school environment to facilitate better learning. Plus, with their inbuilt features, online standardised assessments can give a much better indication as to where the students and school are positioned at a national and global level.