The Checklist Approach to Assessment

The Checklist Approach to Assessment

Consider this extract from an article I came across in an Australian magazine:

— Teacher Magazine, Australia

“In undertaking project-based activities a good strategy that teachers may use is to create an observation recording sheet, which has been mapped against the relevant curriculum descriptions in advance, so that as a student is observed performing a skill, you can easily annotate the sheet to indicate what outcomes were achieved.”

Much of the article is quite useful I think, and I'm looking forward to reading other articles in the series. But the suggestion I've quoted above could be misused quite badly. It all depends on three factors:

  • the nature of the annotations
  • how the recording sheet is used, and
  • how these two factors affect the student's grade or evaluation.

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Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."