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Ethics and assessments

Can you please assist me with identifying guidelines used in evaluating the use or misuse of assessments, recommendations to "soon to be teachers" on how to prepare for test-preparation issues in an ethical manner. Describe/expain some of appropriate and inappropriate use of assessments in instructional design. Please provide me with reference articles to further develop my understanding of this topic in preparation for my final.

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Of the 70 articles I perused, from the nearly 800 hits ERIC database returned using the keywords "assessment ethics" these three seemed most in line with your topic. However, these articles are not available full-text from ERIC. You can get them through inter-library loan, either from your school library, or a public one. It does take some time to get them, and you may not have sufficient time for them to come in. The final two web site URLs and the other suggested web sites also have information about ethics in assessments, and those ARE immediately available.

Pope, N., Green, S. K., Johnson, R. L., & Mitchell, M. (July 2007). Examining teacher ethical dilemmas in classroom assessment. Retrieved from ERIC database. (Document EJ840179).

The current spotlight on assessment in education raises ethical issues as practices evolve. This study documents ethical conflicts faced by teachers in the United States regarding assessment of students. Critical incidents generated by practising teachers revealed a majority of reported conflicts related to score pollution, and conflicts frequently arose between teachers' perceptions of institutional demands and the needs of students. The most frequently mentioned assessment topics causing conflict included grading, standardised testing, and special populations. These findings suggest that explicit guidelines for defining and avoiding unethical behaviour would be helpful to teachers in developing their assessment practices. (Contains 4 tables.)

Green, S. K., Johnson, R. L., Kim, & D. Pope, N. S. (October, 2007). Ethics in classroom assessment practices: Issues and attitudes. Retrieved from ERIC database. (Document EJ770306).

Student evaluations should "be ethical, fair, useful, feasible, and accurate" [JCSEE (2003). "The student evaluation standards." Arlen Gullickson, Chair. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin]. This study focuses on defining ethical behavior and examining educators' ethical judgments in relation to assessment. It describes the results from a web-based survey of educators in which they read a brief scenario and indicated whether the student evaluation practice in the depiction was ethical or unethical. Results showed strong agreement among the educators on fewer than half of the scenarios presented in this study. These findings suggest that assessment is currently an educational realm without professional consensus.

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Discussion of ethics in educational assessments of all kinds