What is Inquiry?
My Research
Key Competencies

At the end of an inquiry unit there is a need to evaluate both the product (effectiveness of the inquiry) and the process (efficiency of the inquiry). This evaluation provides the vital "What Next" step to guide further learning.

"Structures need to be in place to draw students into the question of what high standards, engaged learning and quality performance entail."



Rubrics and Criteria

It is essential to develop learning criteria and rubrics which will guide the learning process These need to be shared with students and in many cases developed collaboratively with students. Rubrics not only guide the learning but are a great tool for peer and self-assessment. When assessment is completed it is very easy for students to see the next step required for their learning.

I have found the Rubistar website extremely helpful when creating assessment rubrics. They have a large number of rubrics which can be customised to suit your requirements. If you wish to change their wording this is easily done. Alternatively you can design your own using these as a model.


These are another great tool for both assessment and guiding learning. Exemplars for the New Zealand curriculum can be accessed through the TKI site. The Assessment Resource Bank and the asTTle site are other sources of assessment exemplars, criteria and examples.


Galileo Foundation Inquiry and Assessment

The TKI site pages on Assessment


"The intent of high quality assessment is to improve not just audit student performances of learning and understanding; therefore a range of authentic formative practices as well as the summative assessment are needed to develop a personalized learning picture for each student."



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