Another interesting «worth to read» piece is found in TES magazine with the title: «Is this the future of assessment?». The author is Daisy Christodoulou and she introduces the topic as follows:
Calls for exams to be scrapped have grown louder in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. But rather than getting rid of exams, we may just need to reimagine them
Some of my takeaways are:
- Scores (numbers) are better than grades (letters) to assess students.
- The war against «traditional summative closed-book exams» in school education seems to be a worldwide trending topic.
- However, «Many non-exam assessment techniques introduce grey areas and ambiguities into the assessment process that are vulnerable to being exploited» and, as Daisy also points out: «Teacher assessment is subject to human biases«.
- On the other hand, on-screen assessments can play an important complementary role but adopters must be aware of that it introduces complexity with both opportunities and risks. (i.e., mode effect , backwash-effect and other consequences).
- The arrival of ChatGPT AI will have strong multi-level consequences in education. Thus, practitioners must start thinking how to deal with these AI technologies in the near (immediate) future.
Enjoy the reading!