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ERIC Number: EJ771195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
Clarifying the Purposes of Educational Assessment
Newton, Paul E.
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v14 n2 p149-170 Jul 2007
This article concerns the importance of clarity in thinking and talking about certain core concepts of educational assessment. It begins by identifying three quite distinct interpretations of the term "assessment purpose". It continues by challenging the supposed distinction between "formative" and "summative"--arguing that the latter only applies to a kind of assessment result while the former only applies to a kind of use of assessment results. It ends by illustrating the wide range of uses to which assessment results might be put and stresses the importance of not concealing important distinctions by locating multiple discrete purposes within a small number of misleading categories. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)