EPT452 Assessment and Reporting: The Primary Years (K-2) (16)

In this subject, students will explore assessment practices in primary school settings and critically discuss the purposes, methods, strengths and challenges of assessing learning. Students will become familiar with the grading systems commonly used in primary school settings in Australia. They will develop a critical awareness of the usefulness of different approaches for recording children's learning for planning purposes, and to reflect on teacher professional practice to improve student learning outcomes. This subject examines skills and practices required for effective assessment and reporting.

Students will complete a 30 day placement in a K-2 classroom. They will plan sequences of learning based on observation and assessment of children's abilities. Based on the CSU student's area of specialisation - either literacy or numeracy- lessons should include catering for differentiation and the use of formative and summative assessment strategies that guide teaching and learning. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on practice to guide future planning for improved learning outcomes.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT452. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Students will have completed all curriculum subjects prior to completing this subject.

This subject is not available to students who have completed EPT328 or EEL203.



Subject Relationships

EPT328 Shares similar content
EPT340 Prerequisite subject
EPT446 Prerequisite subject
EEL203 Shares similar content
EPT140 Prerequisite subject
EPT122 Prerequisite subject
EPT217 Prerequisite subject
EPT221 Prerequisite subject

Incompatible Subjects

EEL203, EPT328

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the role of assessment in teaching and learning;
  • be able to assess children's learning using a variety of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches;
  • be able to interpret assessment data to evaluate children's learning;
  • be able to use assessment results to modify teaching practice, inform planning of teaching, and progress learning;
  • be able to identify a range of strategies for reporting on student learning;
  • be able to build professional relationships with children and interpersonal engagement with professional stakeholders within the learning context in a school setting; and
  • be able to reflect on their professional development through the compilation of a teaching portfolio demonstrating their achievement of the Australian Professional Teaching Standards at graduate level.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Issues in assessment
  • NAPLAN testing and State-based testing in primary schools
  • Summative and formative assessment
  • Creating rich assessment tasks
  • Learning intentions and success criteria
  • Effective feedback
  • Rubrics and student voice
  • Reporting on student learning
  • The Teacher Professional Assessment Task (TPA)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT452 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Professional experience goals
Analysis of naplan data
Tpa: element 1 smart goals and implementation plan
Professional experience report
Assessing student work samples
tpa: multimedia presentation and lesson plans
Tpa: element 2 professional practice portfolio

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will undertake a 30 day placement of mentored professional experience in a K-2 school setting.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.