EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 8317 1, 2010 WEB Individual Assessment and Testing 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070113



Examiner: Linda De George-Walker
Moderator: Jan Stenton


Assessment and testing is widely employed for educational decision making about individuals. It is therefore essential that professional educators are knowledgeable about assessment and testing concepts, principles and methods. The emphasis in this course is on developing an understanding of individual assessment as an hypothesis driven problem-solving process, underpinned by a sound theoretical knowledge of measurement principles and data collection skills applied to a range of educational domains. This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers in regular and special education, and those in or aspiring to various support roles, including guidance officers and learning support teachers.


Initial topics build the foundational frameworks of the course by establishing individual assessment and testing as a systematic process for generating valid information to support sound educational decision making, while examining the ethical-legal context of assessment and testing practices. Students will develop an understanding of measurement concepts such as validity and reliability as well as processes underlying test construction such as standardization and norms. Subsequent topics address the data collection practices of observation, interviewing and formal testing, and the processes of assessment accommodations and oral and written reporting. Specific approaches to the assessment of academic achievement, social and emotional functioning and intelligence will also be explored.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic measurement concepts and the principles underlying test construction (Online Test, Assignment 1)
demonstrate an ability to evaluate tests with regards to purpose and psychometric adequacy (Online Test, Assignment 1)
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sound data collection practices for observation, interviewing and formal testing approaches (Assignment 1 and 2)
demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of appropriate methods and tests for assessing academic achievement, social and emotional functioning and intelligence (Assignment 1 and 2)
demonstrate an ability to analyse assessment practices and issues with regards to ethical-legal frameworks (Assignment 2)
produce an appropriately styled written assessment report which demonstrates an ability to utilise an hypothesis driven problem solving approach and synthesize available data to make appropriate educational recommendations (Assignment 2)
demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 2 and 3)


Description Weighting (%)
1. Decision making and ethics
2. Measurement theory and psychometrics
3. Formal measures and tests
4. Behavioural observation
5. Interviewing
6. Reporting
7. Assessment of academic achievement
8. Assessment of social and emotional functioning
9. Assessment of intelligence
10. Assessment accommodations and adaptations

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

(Please refer to Other Requirements (5) for important information about access to testing instruments.)

Salvia, J, Ysseldyke, JE & Bolt, S 2010, Assessment in special and inclusive education, 11th edn, Houghton Mifflin, Boston.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

(Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information The gateway to education resources is here ...

American Educational Research Assoc., American Psych. Assoc. & Nat. Council on Measurement in Ed'n. 1999, Standards for educational and psychological testing, AERA, Washington, DC.

Sattler, J 2001, Assessment of children: behavioural and clinical applications, 4th edn, Jerome M Staller, San Diego.

Sattler, J 2001, Assessment of children: cognitive applications, 4th edn, Jerome M Sattler, San Deigo.


Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
ONLINE TEST 20 20 02 Apr 2010
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 07 May 2010
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 07 Jun 2010


  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.
  2. Students are to use APA (5th ed) referencing style.
  3. Students will require access to education sites and/or to children aged up to 18 years.
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc..) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the state of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.
  5. Testing instruments referred to in the study materials are not provided as part of the study materials. Students are responsible for obtaining their own testing instruments to complete assessment items. A limited number of instruments are available for loan from the USQ Library but cannot be sent to overseas locations. Students may need to purchase testing instruments in the event they are unable to access instruments in any other manner.

This version produced 17 May 2011.