Moderation and Assessment
In this entry moderation is conceptualized as a social and holistic practice. Moderation is discussed, in particular, with reference to systems of standards-referenced curriculum. In this context, the connection between assessment, curriculum, and standards needs to be understood for moderation to be effective. Significantly, the purposes, roles, processes, and practices of moderation are presented as beneficial to professional learning and necessary as a mechanism of quality control; however moderation viewed as a social practice presents important challenges which are also analyzed and addressed here.
Moderation involves teachers in discussion and debate about their interpretations of the quality of student work situated within a particular context. These processes require teachers to articulate their interpretations of...
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