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Key Concepts in Educational Assessment

by Tina Isaacs, Catherine Zara, Graham Herbert, Steven J Coombs and Charles Smith SAGE Publications Ltd
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Key Concepts in Educational Assessment provides expert definitions and interpretations of common terms within the policy and practice of educational assessment. Concepts such as validity, reliability, assessment of learning, assessment for learning, measurement comparability and differentiation are discussed, with broad coverage of UK and international terminology. Drawing on the expertise and experience of the authors, who have worked in a wide range of educational contexts, the entries provide:

- clear definitions of the concepts

- accounts of the key issues

- authoritative and reliable information

- suggestions for further reading.

Created to support students of education on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and established education professionals including those who are members of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), this book is an accessible guide for anyone engaged in educational assessment. The book offers the reader a clear guide to the complex field of educational assessment, and suggests routes to more detailed study.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
Assessment for Learning
Assessment of Learning
Assessment Policy
Awarding Bodies
Basic Skills Assessment
Continuous Assessment
Criterion Referencing
Diagnostic Assessment
External Verification
Grading, Including Marking
Group Assessment
Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Internal Verification
International Assessment
Ipsative Assessment
Mark Scheme
National Curriculum Assessment
Norm Referencing
Peer and Self Assessment
Performance-based Assessment
Purposes of Assessment
Quality Assurance
Recording and Tracking
Regulation of Assessment
Supply and Selection
Vocational Assessment
Work-based Assessment

'I congratulate the authors in recognising the need for such a publication and for producing such an accessible and useful glossary'Gordon Stobard, Emeritus Professor of Education, Instittue of Education, University of London
Tina Isaacs is Director of the MA in Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, London.

Catherine Zara was most recently Director of the MA in Educational Assessment and Director of the BA (Hons) in Post Compulsory Education and Training at the University of Warwick.

Graham Herbert is Director of the CIEA.

Steve Coombs is Head of Department for Continuing Professional Development at Bath Spa University, which offers an MA in Educational Assessment.

Charles Smith is senior lecturer in economics and education at Swansea Metropolitan University