Assessment and Learning places learning at the centre of our concerns and explicitly underscores the importance of assessment in that learning. This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of assessment that is used to support learning, practice-based theory on assessment for learning, and formative assessment to support individual development and motivate learners. Readers will find research-informed insights from a wide variety of international contexts. It features: New chapters on e-assessment, the learner's perspective on assessment and learning and the influence of assessment on how we value learning; Teacher-friendly assessment topics; Practical examples and chapter summaries throughout; This book is useful to teacher educators and researchers on graduate courses in education, teaching, learning and assessment.

The Reliability of Assessments

The reliability of assessments
PaulBlack and DylanWiliam


As many of the chapters in this volume have shown, assessment has a fundamental role in the improvement of educational processes. However, it is also important to acknowledge that assessment is also used simply to measure educational achievement. Within schools and colleges, assessments are used to make decisions about the allocation of students to classes, and whether students should progress to the next stage or repeat the current one. The results of assessments are also used in selecting students for employment, for further stages of education, and for the purpose of holding educational institutions to account. The extent to which educational assessments are fit for this task is therefore a crucial issue in assessment policy.

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