Improve is an online formative assessment tool developed by Education Services Australia for use by education jurisdictions. The tool assists teachers to easily access and use numeracy, literacy and science test items that are digitally linked to relevant curriculum and learning resources. It allows teachers to capture evidence of students' achievements and to analyse the data to inform programs for classes and for individuals.
Improve leverages the investment of the Australian Government and States and Territories in curriculum and assessment resources. It provides teachers with access to digital resources created through The Learning Federation initiative, and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and National Assessment Program (NAP) – Science test items. While test items and digital curriculum resources have been available to teachers previously, mapping the two is a new approach to effectively using the resources.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has contracted Education Services Australia to manage a national trial to test the usability of the assessment tool and to determine how effective the assessment tool is in supporting teaching and learning in the classroom. The trial targets years 3, 5 and 7 teachers and students in 60 schools across all States and Territories.
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has contracted Education Services Australia to manage a trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the Improve tool in supporting teaching and learning programs for Koori students. The trial targets years 3, 5 and 7 teachers, tutors and students in 57 schools in the southern metropolitan region of Victoria.