ERIC Number: EJ720899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 43
Fairness in Multicultural Assessment Systems
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice, v12 n3 p275-287 Nov 2005
This paper is about fairness (equity) in large-scale assessment systems within multicultural societies. It makes the key assumptions that fairness is fundamentally a sociocultural, rather than a technical, issue and that fair assessment cannot be considered in isolation from both the curriculum and the educational opportunities of the students. Equity is defined as a qualitative concern for what is just. This involves, but is not the same as, equality of opportunity and of outcome. In relation to large-scale assessment four topics are addressed: the nature of the assessment system; recognizing experiences of different groups; cultural diversity; and monitoring group performance. The conclusion is that, while fair assessment can never be achieved, it can be mademore fair. At the heart of this improvement process is openness about design, constructs and scoring which brings out into the open the values and biases of the test design process.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Culture Fair Tests, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Student Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Student Diversity, Evaluation Methods, Test Construction
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom