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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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cross-posted at www.ictineducation.org

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."