Collaborative problem-solving online assessment and the Australian Curriculum
In 2014–2017, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and the NSW Department of Education (NSW DoE) 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 capability of Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Capability.
The project acknowledged the significant role the general capabilities play in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the 21st century.
Two reports, the interim report and the final report, synthesise the information arising from the Collaborative problem-solving online assessment and the Australian Curriculum project, including discussing the achievement of project aims and articulating possible future directions.
ACARA and Janison presented a paper on the project at the International Association for Educational Assessment in Cape Town in August 2016.