Rejecting normal: Reversing the relationship between large-scale and classroom assessments

Dean's Lecture Series 2016

Presented by Professor Mark Wilson

There is an imbalance between classroom assessment and large-scale assessment. While large-scale assessment generally guides what happens in the classroom, there is a legitimate place for classroom assessment alongside large-scale assessment - the two must be different, but they must also support one another.

In his lecture, Professor Wilson will explain the current dominant relationship between the two and its problems. He will explore how an alternative useful relationship can be built up from the classroom level to support large-scale tests. By relating the measurement concept of a construct map, to the curriculum idea of a learning progression, construct maps effectively map progression in the classroom and allow key concepts to be selected for large-scale assessment.

Mark Wilson

Professor Mark Wilson

Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley

Assessment Research Centre
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Mark Wilson is an internationally recognised specialist in psychometrics and educational assessment. He is President of the National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME) in the United States, and a past president of the international Psychometrics Society. A Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Melbourne, he received his PhD degree from the University of Chicago in 1984.

Professor Wilson’s research focuses on sound approaches for measurement in education and the social sciences, the development of statistical models suitable for measurement contexts, the creation of instruments to measure new constructs, and scholarship on the philosophy of measurement.