Why college leaders should break bad assessment habits

Changing how your college does marking, grading and feedback can be an uphill struggle, but the end results are worth it, says Mark Henderson

Break your bad assessment habits

There are certain things that teachers are compelled to do – through learned behaviour and professional norms – if they are to be considered to be doing their jobs properly. And these apply even if they think those things are a waste of time and have little impact on learning.

In my experience, most of these perceived requirements involve marking, grading and feedback. And, worryingly, even when the evidence shows that there is a better way of doing these things, bad habits have a way of sneaking back in.

In 2003, Paul Black came to the college I was working at and delivered an Inset session ...

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