Fair Assessment Practices

As far back as assessments have been used in education, there have been students who stated that the assessment was ‘unfair’. What makes an assessment ‘fair’ or ‘unfair’? As instructors, it is important to consider this question, and to make sure that we follow some basic principles to ensure that any assessments we administer are fair and equitable to students.

Here is a checklist of the different principles of fair assessments (adapted from Western and Northern Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Education, 2006; Harlen, 2010). Check off each principle to see why it is important to consider when developing and administering your assessments.

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