Principled Curriculum and Assessment Design
Dylan will present seven principles that, from reviews of the best curricula worldwide, would appear to be particularly useful for schools to use as “audit tools” for examining the curriculum. No curriculum could ever satisfy all seven principles, but by applying the principles to their own curricula, schools will be better able to examine whether the inevitable compromises they have made are ones that they can live with.
Dylan will continue with some thoughts on the kinds of assessment that can support the aims of the curriculum rather than distorting them, and he will summarize the key stages of developing an assessment system:
Selecting a small number of big ideas for each subject
Creating learning progressions for each of the big ideas
Identifying key check points in the learning progressions
Developing, recording and reporting assessments for each of the checkpoints