The fundamentals of effective assessment: Twelve principles

The twelve principles below address practical assessment issues. They are united by a single idea: assessment is at the heart of the whole teaching and learning process. 1. Assessment should help students to learn. 2. Assessment must be consistent with the objectives of the course and what is taught and learnt. 3. Variety in types of assessment allows a range of different learning outcomes to be assessed. It also keeps students interested. 4. Students need to understand clearly what is expected of them in assessed tasks. 5. Criteria for assessment…

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