Fair and Ethical Student Assessment Practices

  • Jean L. Pettifor
  • Donald H. Saklofske
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 15)


Debates surrounding the assessment of students often focus on the methods related to information gathering and how we report this in a meaningful and “fair” way to all stakeholders. “Best practices” guidelines are very relevant to guiding our thinking about these core issues. However, we further contend that “ethical practices” are also necessary if we are to fully define the assessment process and comprehensively address the fundamental issues that have created such divergent views on student assessment. Rather than being prescriptive, two frameworks that outline best and ethical practices are presented with the encouragement that educators reopen the dialogue that will reflect a more comprehensive view of the “who, what, where, when, and why” of student assessment.


Ethical Principle Assessment Practice Intelligence Test Appeal Process Assessment Information 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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