Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Assessment Literacies

A New Term and a New Acronym (for me)

I decided to write this post as a follow-up to #ELTchat summary Assessing Writing after discovering the term Assessment Literacy (Literacies) for the first time and a new acronym - LAL (Language Assessment Literacy)

What is Assessment Literacy?

Assessment literacy means having a critical understanding of assessment in order to improve learning, as in these definitions: 

 ‘having the capacity to ask and answer critical questions about the purpose for assessment, about the fitness of the tool being used, about testing conditions, and about what is going to happen on the basis of the results.’  Inbar-Lourie (2008: 389) in Sheehan and Munro (2017).
‘Assessment literacy is a dynamic context- dependent social practice that involves teachers articulating and negotiating classroom and cultural knowledges with one another and with learners, in the initiation, development and practice of assessment to achieve learning goals of students’ (Willis et al., 2013: 242) in Sheehan and Munro (2017)  

Assessment Literacy demands a training...
 Assessment literacy demands a training that brings a smooth blend of assessment technical awareness, theoretical understanding, useful practical skills, and clear concepts. All these components well balanced but strongly contextualized with the clear role, practical approach and function of assessment in the field of education (Hakim 2015). 

Training and technology

Training isn't always easy to come by. However, so much CPD is available online and free.

Literature Review

Articles accessed from the internet - on my reading list:

HAKIM, Badia. English Language Teachers’ Ideology of ELT Assessment LiteracyInternational Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 42-48, oct. 2015. ISSN 2202-9478. Available at: Date accessed: 15 mar. 2017.

Assessment Literacy
Available at: [Accessed 15 March 2017]

Assessment: attitudes, practices and needs Accessed at: [Accessed 15 March 2017]


The British Council has developed a series of videos on language assessment literacy  - not watched as yet but on things to watch list. 

Any other ideas, thoughts would be very welcome in the comments if you got this far...


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