Monday, February 2, 2009
Fairnes in Assessment
It is crucial for teachers to be fair in various circumstances like punishment, testing, and more importantly, assessment. It is important for assessments to be consistent and valid. One concern about the appropriateness of assessments for certain topics is if the assessment is biased against certan groups. In the text, test bias is defined as a test used unfairly against a particular group of persons for a particular purpose or decision. In order to create suitable assessments, the teacher must clearly identify the important learning targets and be sure they are well sampled by the assessment procedure. Another good thing to do is to give students more time to demonstrate the type of thinking the teacher is trying to asses. When I am a teacher I will make my assessments fair to students with disabilities and students from different ethnic backgrounds. I will also make sure my assessments help my students reach their learning goals!