The Rights and Responsibility of Test Takers when Large-Scale Testing Is Used for Classroom Assessment

Christina van Barneveld, Karieann Brinson

Abstract


The purpose of this research was to identify conflicts in the rights and responsibility of Grade 9 test takers when some parts of a large-scale test are marked by teachers and used in the calculation of students’ class marks. Data from teachers’ questionnaires and students’ questionnaires from a 2009–10 administration of a large-scale test of Grade 9 mathematics were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Written comments by teachers were analyzed into themes. Results were interpreted using a framework comprised of a policy document and two theories that are relevant to large-scale testing: the rights and responsibility of test takers as documented in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA/APA/NCME/JCSEPT, 2014), expectancy-value theory of motivation, and theory regarding the developmental stage of students in Grade 9. Several conflicts were identified. Potential solutions to conflicts were presented.


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Canadian Journal of Education | Revue canadienne de l'éducationISSN 1918-5979