Effective Assessment Tasks

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Collaborate to design and share an assessment task that: • contains a description, criteria and rubric • has direct links to the syllabus • has direct links to the C...
Target Audience
Secondary teachers

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Non-examination style assessment tasks should be manageable and provide students with a:
• description of the task
• set of criteria
• rubric that relates to the Course Performance Descriptors
For teachers the task should be
• located in the syllabus
• differentiate the full range of student performance
• linked to the reporting framework

Participants will be presented with a model assessment task with criteria and rubric before collaboratively constructing then sharing their task on an online forum of course participants.


Secondary teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Join your colleagues coming from many individual schools and sectors for these short 2-hour after school PD sessions.

Email TTA staff to be added to a wait list if the course you are interested in is full . We will contact you if a place becomes available. Is a course date not available? Be sure to update your TTA account with the teaching areas you are interest in to be kept informed about the most suitable courses (including the option to be kept up-to-date on new course dates and information).

The course will be a blended delivery using a moodle where there are links to relevant documents and where participant can post and share products.

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of After School Session in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Model assessment task

20 minutes

An oral presentation assessment is presented as a model that:
• contains a description, criteria and rubric
• has direct links to the syllabus
• has direct links to the Course performance descriptors
• is linked to a reporting framework

Designing an assessment task

1 hour and 40 minutes

Participants create a non-examination style assessment based on the model presented in the previous session.
Google docs will be used to create a collaborative document that hyperlink to resources and that can be shared.
The presenter responds to participant queries.
Final products are shared on the online forum.

What To Bring

Wifi enabled laptop

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About the team

Jim Sturgiss


Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)