CAERe - How do I know thee? Let me count the ways: Fair and equitable assessment of students with disabilities

10 November 2015, 4.00 PM - 10 November 2015, 5.30 PM

Professor Joy Cumming Director Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning Learning Sciences Institute Australia Australian Catholic University

Room 1.20,35 Berkeley Square


This seminar will draw on previous and ongoing research in which I am involved on fair and equitable assessment of students with disability. In the presentation, I will draw on a small book (Cumming, 2012) that discusses provision of assessment adjustments, alternative assessments and exclusion from external assessments in Australia, England and the USA. In the book I present a number of assumptions about the way disability difference is conceptualised in official engagement with assessment equity. I will also draw on the experience of moderated school-based assessment for high stakes purposes in Queensland, Australia, to demonstrate assessment decision points that require consideration of equity issues for these students. Finally, I will outline an Australian Research Council Discovery Project[1] granted to myself and colleagues to examine how teachers construct and can implement fair and equitable assessment for students with disabilities participating in mainstream subjects in secondary school to meet legislative requirements that assessment should enable these students to demonstrate what they know in an optimal manner.




Cumming, J.J. (2012). Valuing students with impairments: International comparisons of practice in educational accountability. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

[1] Cumming, J., Wyatt Smith, C., Dickson, E., Webster, A., Harris, K., & Graham, S., Effective teacher-based assessment adjustments for students with disability.

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