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Welcome to Brightpath, the leading edge in educational assessment. Brightpath is based on internationally recognized research conducted by the University of Western Australia and provides an advanced process to streamline and enhance the assessment of students. Not only is Brightpath a great tool for school evaluation, it also develops teachers assessment skills and enables them to better differentiate student learning.

Brightpath’s operation is very straightforward and requires minimal training to begin.

This is how the assessment module works: in the centre is the Brightpath Narrative Teachers Ruler. Alongside and on the left, are calibrated exemplars. These are shown as little thumbnails. To the far left, you can see one of the thumbnails which has been enlarged. As you can see on the right, a teacher has already uploaded their student’s work and this one is ready to be assessed.

You drag the slider up and down to view the exemplars as you move along the scale. If you click on a sample of work it enlarges for you to read it more clearly.

Here we can see a teacher assessing their students work. They’ve read their students story, now they’re comparing it to the calibrated exemplars and descriptors. Teachers need to be familiar with the exemplars and descriptors before they score the students work. The process is straightforward: teachers match their student’s work to one of the calibrated exemplars.

Once satisfied with their judgement they click the ’score’ button. This saves the score and the next student’s work sample is presented ready to be assessed.

If a teacher chooses not to scan in student work, they’re able to work from hard copies and score them on the teachers ruler in the normal way.

As teachers score their students, the scores are captured automatically in the reports which teachers can access straight away. They can see their students score on the Brightpath scale. They can also open their students work and review they’re marking.

Brightpath also features impressive reporting capabilities making possible many levels of comparison. Teachers can see how their students performed relative to the performance of students in other year levels. They can also see the progress a student has made from one time of testing to the next. And, the whole school can compare its performance to the performance of other schools.

We now invite you to listen to what school leaders and teachers are saying about Brightpath.

Dr Stephen Humphry and Dr Sandy Heldsinger have researched and developed a methodology of obtaining reliable and valid data from teacher assessments of typical classroom tasks. The researchers began this work twenty years ago when they were responsible for the Western Australian state testing program and they continued their research through the University of Western Australia. Humphry and Heldsinger have custom built software, called Brightpath, to make the assessment process readily available to schools. Please see the attached documents for an Introduction to Brightpath and the assessment process.

The following assessments are currently available for primary & secondary schools:

  1. Early childhood oral narrative (approx 4–6 year olds)

  2. Early childhood recount (approx 4–6 year olds)

  3. Information report writing (approx 6–14 year olds)

  4. Narrative writing (approx 5–14 year olds)

  5. Persuasive writing (approx 6–14 year olds)

  6. Book Review (approx 8–14 year olds)

We are in the process of developing scales to assess critical thinking and creativity, the visual arts, and humanities and social sciences.