Key Points

The content of this chapter complements that in Chapter 8. Chapter 9 focuses on the role of teachers and schools in retaining appropriate records in relation to classroom- and school-based assessments and in providing appropriate feedback to students, parents and other stakeholders. Approaches and challenges with providing feedback in a variety of formats are explored: oral, written and examples of students’ work such as portfolios. The intertwined relationship between feedback and grading is addressed, as is the tension between formative and summative uses of assessment information generated within classrooms. Various statutory and professional obligations on teachers require provision of detailed reports on progress to parents and this is addressed also.