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NCSEHE: Research update — Re-imagining exams

Research update — Re-imagining exams: How do assessment adjustments impact on inclusion?

One of 17 projects funded under the sixth round of the NCSEHE Research Grants Program, this Deakin University-led research is investigating barriers and enablers to inclusive assessment design.

Chief Investigator Dr Joanna Tai from the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) provides a progress update, including preliminary findings from the research to date.

Project summary

High-stakes, timed assessments can be problematic for students with disabilities. Though assessment adjustments are enshrined in legislation, equitable outcomes are not assured, and evidence for their efficacy is unclear. Students with disabilities’ membership of additional equity groups may contribute to disadvantage which cannot solely be addressed through assessment adjustments. This project shifts the focus to understanding the broader context of, and barriers and enablers to, inclusive assessment design. It will use student voice data and workshops with staff and students to research inclusive assessment development. This will inform an inclusive assessment framework and underpin recommendations for policy and practice.

Further information about this project