Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 433–450 | Cite as

Better judgement: Rethinking assessment in mathematics education

  • Kenneth Ruthven
Review Article


This article reviews three important recent collections of papers on assessment in mathematics education. It first examines the wider social framework of assessment and the influence of public assessment within the school system, both in inhibiting and promoting change. From a survey of the current state of assessment and common criticisms of it, three key trends are identified as forming a current agenda for reform in assessment: increasing the authenticity and realism of assessment tasks; increasing the interpretive quality of assessment information; and increasing the integration of processes of teaching, learning and assessment. These trends are explored in more detail, and critically appraised.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Ruthven
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  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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