Assessment for learning helps students to understand the learning journey:

  • Where am I now?
  • Where am I going?
  • How do I get there?

Receiving considered, individual feedback means the student always knows where they’re up to with their learning and what they need to do next to improve.

Through feedback comes engagement.  The student is involved in the process of learning - they may have had choice within the task, they will have seen exemplar work, and they know what it is they need to do.

Assessment for learning also helps develop positive relationships.

  • Goal-driven relationships between the student and teacher, as the teacher facilitates each student’s learning and helps them to shape and understand their learning journey.
  • Relationships among students, as they will talk about what they’re working on, what their goals are, and how they’re going to achieve them.

In the Carey model, parents are always informed about students’ progress and their child's achievement.