The Past, Present and Future of Educational Assessment: A Considered Reflection
In this presentation Professor Gavin Brown will give a brief history of educational assessments before discussing how standardised, examination assessments do not generalise well to the contexts of school classrooms where assessments are coloured by intra- and inter-personal relations, individual differences and prior experience and knowledge. Student assessment information generated in these contexts is often invalid because of confounding factors. Our future is being shaped by enthusiasm for technological solutions for personalised, adaptive learning and assessment environments. Professor Brown questions the reliance on both technology and testing as a good preparation for a future society. He will also discuss the need for educational assessment to integrate psychological theories of learning and curriculum development objectives, supported by technology and statistical data analysis. This critique is necessary if we are to achieve the real goal of assessing “What humans need and want helped by machines”.