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

Deans lecture series 2016

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About the lecture 

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.

About the speaker

Professor Mark Wilson

Professor Mark Wilson

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Professor of Assessment

Mark's interests focus on measurement and applied statistics.

His work spans a range of issues in measurement and assessment from the development of new statistical models for analysing measurement data, to the development of new assessments in subject matter areas such as science education, patient-reported outcomes and child development, to policy issues in the use of assessment data in accountability systems.