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Broadening assessment, improving fairness? some examples from school science
Assessment in Education (1999)
  • Jan Lokan, ACER
  • Ray Adams, ACER
  • Brian Doig, ACER
Following a review of equity issues in testing, especially in relation to science, two assessment programmes in school science, each of which was designed both to probe a range of aspects of student performance and for use in a large-scale study, are discussed. Both have been developed and used in the 1990s, one is Australia only and the other in many countries. The programmes and the range of aspects they attempt to assess are described and results are cited for several groups of students. Issues of fairness through broadening of large-scale assessments to include tasks requiring students to construct their answers or carry out investigations are addressed as the second focus of the paper.
  • Culture fair tests,
  • Essay tests,
  • Multiple choice tests,
  • Primary school science,
  • Science tests,
  • Secondary school science,
  • Student assessment,
  • Test reliability,
  • Test validity
Publication Date
March, 1999
Citation Information
Jan Lokan, Ray Adams and Brian Doig. "Broadening assessment, improving fairness? some examples from school science" Assessment in Education Vol. 6 Iss. 1 (1999)
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