Collaborative problem-solving online assessment and the Australian Curriculum

From 2014-2016, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and the NSW Department of Education (NSW DoE) have worked in partnership with Janison (a learning and assessment platform provider) to develop new forms of assessment for collaborative problem-solving.

The Collaborative problem-solving online assessment and the Australian Curriculum project aimed to develop innovative high-quality assessment that elicits valid, reliable data on students’ collaborative problem-solving skills. As a result of this project, ACARA developed an assessment framework for collaborative problem-solving, based on the Australian Curriculum general capabilities of Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Capability.

The Collaborative problem solving online assessment and the Australian Curriculum project report (PDF 463 kb) outlines a significant role the general capabilities play in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the 21st century. The report synthesises the information arising from the Collaborative problem-solving online assessment and the Australian Curriculum project, discusses the achievement of project aims and articulates possible future directions.

ACARA and Janison are presenting a paper on the project at the International Association for Educational Assessment in Cape Town in August 2016.