Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Assessment and Parents

  • Lois Ruth Harris
  • Gavin T. L. Brown
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_538-1



Parents are important educational stakeholders, and their relationship with assessment is bi-directional in that they both influence their child’s results and are also influenced by those results. The term parent is used to refer to anyone fulfilling parental or guardian roles (i.e., caring for and making educational decisions on behalf of the child). Hence, in addition to or instead of a biological parent, this person could be a grandparent, step-parent, carer, foster parent, adoptive parent, other relative, guardian, or, in some cultures, a collective group of adults.

While parents do not generally have any direct say in how their child is assessed [although parent opinion does impact on assessment policy (Buckendahl 2016)], many parents actively interpret and use assessment data, whether to better understand their own child’s progress or to form opinions about the quality...


Assessment Data Assessment Practice Multiple Choice Test Assessment Policy Intuitive Assumption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Education and Social WorkThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand