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Assessment of Student Achievement

1st Edition

By Gavin T. L. Brown


154 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Assessment is a concept familiar across the field of education and is inherent to the work of professors, administrators, teachers, researchers, journalists, and scholars. A multifaceted and politically charged topic, assessment ranges from informal interactions with learners in classrooms to systematic high-stakes testing and examination. Written by a leading expert on assessment, this book situates the topic within the broader context of educational psychology research and theory and brings it to a wider audience. With chapters on the fundamentals of assessment, explanations of its uses, and advice for best application, this concise volume is designed for any education course that includes assessment in the curriculum. It will be indispensable for student researchers and both pre- and in-service teachers alike.


"This is a text that many of us have been waiting for. Brown adopts a balanced approach to discussing the assessment of student achievement. By focusing on how people interact with assessment at deep, often personal levels, he delves into territory that every teacher and student must face: how do I feel about assessment and what does that mean? This book enhances the discourse around assessment through topics, examples, and criticality that speak to the needs of modern educators."

---Christopher Charles Deneen, Assistant Professsor of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Table of Contents

  1. Purposes and functions of assessment
  2. Embedding assessment within curriculum, teaching, and learning
  3. Classroom Assessment--Teacher judgement
  4. Involving students in assessment
  5. Feedback, Grading, & Reporting
  6. Objectively-scored assessments
  7. Scores and Statistics



About the Author

Gavin T. L. Brown is Professor and Director of the Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

About the Series

Ed Psych Insights

The Ed Psych Insights series translates major topics from educational psychology into accessible primers for general education students, teachers in training, and all education scholars. Thorough yet concise, expert-authored yet highly readable, each Ed Psych Insights book centers on a key construct that already has a high-level evidence base but that is increasingly integrating into teaching and into the Education sector’s broader discourse. Cognition, self-regulation, student assessment, classroom discussion, and emotions are just some of the issues already covered by the volumes of the series so far. Written in language common to stakeholders across Education and readable by the intelligent public, these books offer readers a basic working knowledge of the chosen construct.

Each book is approximately 40,000 words (140 book pages) and addresses the core meaning of its construct, takeaways from existing research, and implications for pedagogy. Rather than include extensive literature reviews or references more typical of scholarly writings, each volume limits in-text citations, instead using superscript numbers to lead readers to references at the end of the book (think Wikipedia). Glossaries are included to familiarize readers with the important terms and concepts described in the book.

The Ed Psych Insights series is edited by Patricia A. Alexander, University of Maryland, USA, and published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement