Equity in assessment: Discrimination and disability issues from an Australian legal perspective

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Title Equity in assessment: Discrimination and disability issues from an Australian legal perspective
Author Cumming, Jacqueline Joy; Dickson, Elizabeth A.
Journal Name Education and the Law
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Assessment equity concerns all educational authorities and practitioners. When educators consider issues of equity, their predominant concern is accommodation of students with special needs, cultural issues, and creating alternative assessment activities that have equivalence to standard activities, so as not to advantage or disadvantage any student in their demonstration of knowledge. This paper examines equity issues in assessment from a legal perspective, drawing on case history from Australia, and based in discrimination and disability law. The paper is intended to assist authorities and practitioners to understand legal implications of educational assessment in order to promote practices that reduce the likelihood of legal claims and the resultant use of financial and human resources away from educational activities. However, the discussion of cases and judgements is also intended to raise issues of whether educational providers and authorities should be more conscionable in their consideration of educational equity and assessment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/cetl;jsessionid=2k7fp49vkyatg.alice
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09539960701762854
Volume 19
Issue Number 3/4
Page from 201
Page to 220
ISSN 0953-9964
Date Accessioned 2008-03-03
Date Available 2009-11-10T05:55:17Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Other Education; PRE2009-Special Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/18572
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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