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NSW Syllabuses

Science Years 7–10 assessment strategies

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Well-designed assessment is central to engaging students and should be closely aligned to the syllabus outcomes within a stage. 

Years 7–10 Assessment strategies

Teachers provide a range of assessment opportunities to gather and evaluate evidence of a student's learning.

The following assessment foras and of learning approaches are relevant to all learning areas:

  • collaborative activities
  • peer assessment 
  • self-assessment 
  • teacher observations.

Detailed advice on these strategies is available in:

Years 7–10 assessment strategies.

Additional Science strategies

Some additional strategies that are particularly relevant to Science include:

Investigation and research

Investigation and research may include:

  • practical investigations, including open-ended investigations
  • student research projects.

When these strategies are used for assessment purposes, evidence can be gathered about students’ ability to:

  • plan and conduct safe, ethical laboratory investigations, including fair tests and controlled experiments
  • work collaboratively to conduct fieldwork and surveys
  • research using a variety of print and multimedia, including the internet and other electronic sources of data and information
  • use a range of strategies and technologies to collect and record data, including appropriate use of digital technologies such as data loggers
  • extract and reorganise information in the form of flowcharts, tables, graphs, diagrams, keys, multimedia resources, spreadsheets and databases
  • use and construct models
  • use digital technologies such as animations and simulations to capture and analyse data and information
  • use critical thinking skills to analyse data and information, identify relationships and draw conclusions
  • evaluate claims using scientific evidence to support an argument
  • present data and information using multimodal texts.

Collections of student work

Assessment can enhance student engagement and motivation, particularly when it provides opportunities for interaction with teachers, other students and a range of resources. Collections of student work may be reviewed at specific points in the learning process to inform future teaching and learning opportunities or as summative assessment at the conclusion of a unit of work, term, semester or year.

Assessment activities may include:

  • developing questions that can be investigated
  • planning an investigation such as fieldwork, surveys and controlled experiments, and identifying risks
  • safely performing hands-on laboratory/fieldwork investigations
  • selecting appropriate equipment to collect data/information
  • using appropriate representations to organise data/information, including using digital technologies
  • explaining ideas, findings and conclusions based on the evidence collected, using appropriate scientific language
  • student self-reflections and evaluations.

When work samples are used for assessment purposes, evidence can be gathered about students’ ability to:

  • use appropriate terms, concepts and scientific language
  • effectively communicate findings and understanding
  • apply the processes of working scientifically to answer questions and solve problems
  • justify and support ideas and explanations
  • evaluate a range of sources, including ICT sources.

Read more about practical experiences and student research projects.


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