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Efficiency and Effectiveness in Assessment: Challenging Times. Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG) Marie Stowell. Context: Assessment is key. ‘ Students can escape bad teaching; they can ’ t escape bad assessment ’

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efficiency and effectiveness in assessment challenging times

Efficiency and Effectiveness in Assessment: Challenging Times

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

Marie Stowell

context assessment is key
Context: Assessment is key

‘Students can escape bad teaching;

they can’t escape bad assessment’

David Boud (1995) Enhancing learning through self assessment.

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

challenging times
Challenging Times
  • New fees and regulatory context
  • Student number controls and access targets
  • KIS and students as consumers
  • Alternative providers and partnerships: competition and collaboration
  • Flexible and new pedagogies and technologies
  • Risk-based quality assurance

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

assessment is a hot topic
Assessment is a ‘hot topic’
  • Academic standards (QAA, 2009; HEFCE, 2009; IUSSC, 2009; Brown, 2011)
  • Credit, flexibility and funding (QAA, HEFCE, CVU)
  • External examiners and institutional review

(UUK, 2011, QAA, 2011)

  • Good practice (eg Price et al. 2010; Nicol/QAA, 2009; Gibbs, 2010; NUS, 2010)
  • Performance indicators and public information (HEFCE, 2009 and 2010)
  • Student satisfaction (Williams and Kane, 2008; HEFCE, 2011)

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

sacwg research
SACWG research
  • Institutional regulations, processes and procedures
  • Degree classification
  • Reassessment
  • Enigmatic variations
    • Passing and failing
    • Progression
    • Achievement
  • See Yorke et al. 2002, 2004 and 2008

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

efficiency in assessment
Efficiency in assessment
  • Student success, retention and completion
  • Costs
  • Over-assessment?
  • Pass first time
  • Take up of reassessment
  • Moderation and external examining

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

effectiveness of assessment
Effectiveness of assessment
  • Student learning, differentiation and satisfaction
  • Assessment strategies: course versus module
  • Assessment for learning: formative assessment and feedback
  • Quality assurance

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

some current challenges efficiency
Some current challenges: efficiency
  • Regulatory frameworks
  • Academic year: timing of assessment + reassessment
  • Managing re-assessment
  • Re-thinking reassessment?
  • On-line submission
  • Use of Plagiarism software
  • Quality assurance of assessment

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)

some current challenges effectiveness
Some current challenges: effectiveness
  • Course assessment strategies
  • Inclusive assessment
  • Variety, choice versus competence and practice
  • Assessment criteria and assignment briefs
  • Re-thinking reassessment?
  • Professionalising assessment practice
  • Student perceptions

Student Assessment and Classification Working Group (SACWG)