Designing criterion-referenced assessment

Burton, Kelley J. (2006) Designing criterion-referenced assessment. Journal of Learning Design, 1(2), pp. 73-82.

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Criterion-referenced assessment arguably results in greater reliability, validity and transparency than norm-referenced assessment. This article examines this assertion with reference to an example from a second year undergraduate law unit at the Queensland University of Technology, LWB236 Real Property A. When designing criterion-referenced assessment sheets for a course, an incremental approach should be taken to reflect that skills are progressively developed throughout the course. The incremental development and assessment of skills has been strongly supported by the literature as opposed to developing and assessing skills in a one-off manner. This article discusses how skills may be developed and assessed across three levels of a degree (or course). It builds on the existing research by recommending a model for taking an incremental approach to implementing criterion-referenced assessment across the three levels of a course. This recommended model is relevant to the designers of criterion-referenced assessment in all disciplines.

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ID Code: 17721
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: criterion-referenced, norm-referenced, criteria, performance standards, validity
ISSN: 1832-8342
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Kelley Burton
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2009 00:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:21

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