Racial Equality Considerations in Assessment
#1How can procedures be put in place to ensure assessment requirements are understood by all students including those for whom English is an Additional Language?
In some educational systems, examinations may be the normal method of assessment, and students may not be used to being continually assessed on coursework. Therefore, students from such backgrounds may have an apathetic attitude towards coursework. This may lead to underperformance or failure. In addition, some students may be used to assessments based on group work as well as examinations. To address these issues, consider the following:
- Assessment criteria need to be explained in clear and simple English. Time needs to be taken to clearly communicate how the students will be assessed and the importance of taking all aspects of the course seriously. Check at different points of the course that these requirements are clearly understood. Reminding students as the course develops of why certain components are important and where they fit into the assessment framework will be of help.
- In assessing students’ overall performance, include examinations, presentations, assignments, and group projects as assessment components rather than relying on a single type of assessment. This will ensure that a range of skills and competencies are taken into account as well as enabling students to learn relevant techniques and to present assessed work in a variety of formats.