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ERIC Number: EJ1083802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1832-8342
Continuing My Journey on Designing and Refining Criterion-Referenced Assessment Rubrics
Burton, Kelley
Journal of Learning Design, v8 n3 p1-13 2015
The article "Designing criterion-referenced assessment" (Burton, 2006) appeared in the "Journal of Learning Design," Volume 1, Issue 2 in 2006. Nine years later, Associate Professor Burton reflects upon her original article. when the article was written, the author worked at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). At that time, the development of criterion-referenced assessment rubrics was gaining momentum. In 2015, as the author writes this reflection, all 37 Australian universities that support a law school universally accept criterion-referenced assessment as opposed to norm-referenced assessment. This year, the author started working at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is proud to say that its assessment policy explicitly endorses the development of criterion-referenced assessment rubrics. The author has published several journal articles on designing and implementing criterion-referenced assessment rubrics and it continues to be a quintessential research interest. The main strength of the 2006 article is that it is based on fundamental principles of assessment, which remain relevant today. The discussion focused on the dichotomy between criterion-referenced assessment and norm-referenced assessment; definitions for criteria and standards; strategies to enhance the reliability, validity and transparency of criterion-referenced assessment rubrics; recommendation that markers are provided with marked examples of student work; recommendation that students apply a criterion-referenced assessment rubric to formative assessment; and the implicit promotion of diverse and authentic assessment. These themes are multi-disciplinary, and appeal to a wide audience of teachers and students. This article is a reflection upon that original article. The article as it appeared in 2006 is also presented. With the author's approval, minor edits have been made, the referencing and other conventions updated to APA 6.0 and the numbering of figures altered to reflect the new publication. [For "Designing Criterion-Referenced Assessment," see EJ1066490.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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