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Linkage Project: Accessible Assessment that Caters for All Children

Elective | Jill Willis Saturday 24th of June, 11.30am | Wickham Room


Assessment task and criteria sheets are ideally invitations to engage in deep disciplinary performance. Yet too often students and teachers can find them confusing so understanding the task acts as a barrier to success especially for students with language and or attentional difficulties. Drawing on rigorous research in three Queensland secondary high schools, and with partners the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Speech Pathology Australia and the Queensland State Secondary Principals’ Association, four common accessibility barriers for assessment are identified. Findings show how designing accessible assessment not only saves time for teachers, but benefits students with and without neurodiversity.

Jill Willis

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QUT, The Centre for Inclusive Education


Jill Willis is an Associate Professor in Education. She evaluates the social structures of assessment and learning spaces, to make recommendations for improving teacher and student agency.

Her current projects include co-leading the ARC Linkage Accessible Assessment; and the ARC Linkage Thriving in Vertical Schools. She is the Australian lead researcher on the SSHRC Preparing Assessment Capable Teachers project. Jill has a strong track record in collaborative partnerships and innovative methodologies.

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