1st Edition

Competency-based Assessment Evidence-based Insights and Strategies for Educators

By Kate Lafferty, Melissa Barnes Copyright 2025
    128 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    128 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a practical, evidence-based guide for educators at all levels on how to assess and to promote student learning, broadening teachers’ understanding of assessment. Balancing assessment with the development and promotion of student learning can be a significant challenge for teachers.

    This book provides the content, as well as practical guidance, to support educators to develop their understanding of assessment from task-driven, domain-bound content knowledge, towards the assessment of complex competencies. Supported by research, but not overwhelmed by it, the book provides practical strategies that can be applied in the classroom. The pedagogical structure of the book encourages self-guided learning, with sections on foundational knowledge, ‘Taking it Further’ to provide a deeper theoretical engagement for those seeking it, 'Reflections' to facilitate planning and goal setting, as well as quotes and vignettes from students and teachers highlighting their experiences of and perspectives on assessment.

    This book is a great resource for practicing educators and postgraduate students who want to improve their understanding of assessment, implement it more effectively and support better outcomes for their students.

    1. What is assessment  2. Learning and assessment design  3. Designing assessment tasks  4. Inclusive assessment  5. Making sense of assessment data and evidence  6. Co-constructed assessment 


    Dr Kate Lafferty is a Lecturer within the School of Education at La Trobe University. Kate is an experienced teacher, having worked across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors for over 24 years as both a generalist teacher and Gifted Education specialist and taught at the post-graduate level at Monash University. She has, delivered numerous professional development sessions, and presented at international conferences.


    Associate Professor Melissa Barnes works within the School of Education at La Trobe University. Her teaching focus and research interests are situated within the fields of teacher education, pedagogy, assessment, policy and TESOL. Melissa is trained as both a primary school and an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher and has taught in schools in the US, Germany, Vietnam, Brunei and Australia.

    “For educators who want to invest in competency-based assessment to more deeply engage and challenge students, this book offers a comprehensive overview, as well as clear and helpful definitions, structures, and strategies.”


    -Steve Meade, Principal, Victorian Department of Education