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Each year teachers and principals in schools across Australia invest much time and effort, and considerable expense, in activities related to communicating student learning progress. However little is known about the effectiveness of these activities, including the extent to which they are valued by stakeholders, whether they are considered to provide quality information about student learning, and whether there are alternative designs for these activities that might be more effective.
The Communicating Student Learning Progress project was initiated to investigate these questions. Focusing on the national research, policy and practice landscape related to how information about student learning is communicated, the project focused particularly on student reports as interest in this widely used form of communication about student learning was determined to be very strong. Interestingly, the project found that there is a dearth of research about student reporting and therefore there is little evidence about it. The project thus provides a starting point for the gathering of evidence about student reporting in Australia.
The project took place over a three-year period from July 2016 to June 2019. Project activities included: