Is the assessment being conducted fairly?

In order for the assessment to be fair (i.e. to give a reasonably accurate representation of the student’s abilities) it is essential for the teacher to ensure that during the test:

  • the student is paying attention, is on task and is not distracted
  • the student does not become unduly fatigued
  • there is no teaching or helping with the task during the test items (whether from the teacher or other students)
  • there is no cheating – this may take the form of the student placing their hands on the computer screen to circumvent the memory element of the test (e.g. in Sea creatures)
  • feedback from the teacher is minimised and encouragement consistent.