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Introduction

The role of assessment and evaluation in education has been crucial, probably since the earliest approaches to formal education. However, change in this role has been dramatic in the last few decades, largely due to wider developments in society. The most dramatic change in our views of assessment is represented by the notion of assessment as a tool for learning. Whereas in the past, we have seen assessment only as a means to determine measures and thus certification, there is now a realization that the potential benefits of assessing are much wider and impinge on in all stages of the learning process. In this entry, we will outline some of the major developments in educational assessment, and we will reflect on the future of education ...

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