Assessing for competence need not devalue grades

Van Der Vyver, Glen (2007) Assessing for competence need not devalue grades. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 4. pp. 343-351. ISSN 1547-5840

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[Abstract]: Norm-based assessment is under fire from some quarters because it is often unfair and is out of touch with the demands of the job market. Criterion-referenced assessment is touted as the answer by others but problems remain, in particular with regards to the maintenance of standards.

This study examines the use of competency-based assessment in an undergraduate database course. The findings suggest that it is possible to create an assessment instrument that is relevant to particular skills required in the job market but does not inflate grades across the board. A remarkable idiosyncrasy emerges in that the distribution of scores assumes a bi-polar shape with a significant number of high grades and a significant number of grades at the lowest passing level or failing grades.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher - free access publication. Journal issue also published as book: Eli Cohen (ed.) Information and Beyond: Part I.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2008 22:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: grade inflation, criterion-based assessment, academic standards, competence, norm-based assessment.
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation

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