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From the Greek, “to sit with,” assessment means an evaluative determination. Roughly synonymous with testing and evaluation in lay terms, assessment has become the term of choice in education for determining the quality of student work for purposes of identifying the student's level of achievement. A more important distinction is between the terms assessment and measurement because educational constructs such as achievement, like most social phenomena, cannot be directly measured but can be assessed.

Linda Mabry
10.4135/9781412950558.n35
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