Assessment Understood as Enabling

A Time to Rebalance Improvement and Accountability Goals
  • Claire Wyatt-Smith
  • Valentina Klenowski
  • Peta Colbert
Part of the The Enabling Power of Assessment book series (EPAS, volume 1)


This chapter outlines a perspective of educational assessment as enabling, whereby the learner is central and assessment is focused on supporting the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for lifelong learning. It argues that better education for young people is achievable when educational policy and practice give priority to learning improvement, thereby making assessment for accountability a related, though secondary, concern. The chapter describes how this work of internationally recognized scholars brings together diverse perspectives and theoretical frameworks and, in so doing, provides readers with a range of ways to consider their pathway through the book. A ‘map’ and summaries of chapters suggest a reading according to a thematic approach, geographical setting, author/s profile or content purposes depending on the reader’s own priorities. A section on assessment past, present, and futures calls for a rebalancing of improvement and accountability goals, and for countries to be careful to avoid privileging large-scale testing over other forms of data about learning and achievement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Wyatt-Smith
    • 1
  • Valentina Klenowski
    • 2
  • Peta Colbert
    • 3
  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Education and ArtsAustralian Catholic UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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