Method and Analysis
Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies
School of Education (RPS)/Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies
The general aim of this study was to explore the potential of various digitally based forms for external assessment for senior secondary courses in Western Australia. Specifically there was a need to determine the cost effectiveness of each format in terms of the need to support an outcomes-based curriculum framework for students in schools across the state. The problem being addressed was the need to provide students with assessment opportunities in new courses that were on the one hand authentic, where many outcomes do not lend themselves to being assessed using pen and paper over a three hour period, while on the other hand being able to be reliably and manageably assessed by external examiners. That is, the external assessment for a course needs to accurately and reliably assess the outcomes without a huge increase in the cost of assessment.