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.

Validity, Purpose and the Recycling of Results from Educational Assessments

Validity, Purpose and the Recycling of Results from Educational Assessments

Validity, purpose and the recycling of results from educational assessments
Paul E.Newton


We believe that using national test and exam data for several purposes is a strength. One of the core principles for efficient use of data in government should be ‘collect once, use more than once’, and this is the case. (A statement from England's Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), recorded in House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee, 2008, see Appendix 2, p. 15)

The intention of this chapter is to interrogate the value-for-money principle embodied in the above quotation: ‘collect once, use more than once’. Educational assessment is expensive to do well, especially when it involves testing national or state cohorts. So the ...

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