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Assessment in Education

Implications for Leadership

  • Shelleyann Scott
  • Donald E. Scott
  • Charles F. Webber
  • Explores the intended and unintended effects of assessment in a globalised context

  • Challenges taken-for-granted assumptions about student assessment and deconstructs assessment values, beliefs, and preconceptions

  • Engages in sophisticated critical analyses of potential lessons about student assessment that may be drawn from other contexts and systems


Part of the The Enabling Power of Assessment book series (EPAS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Assessment in Education: Implications for Leaders

  3. Assessment at the District/School Leadership Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
  4. Leadership Assessment-Related Knowledge and Behaviours

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 311-314

About this book


This book provides key insights into how educational leaders can successfully navigate the turbulence of political debate surrounding leading student assessment and professionalised practice. Given the highly politicised nature of assessment, it addresses leaders and aspiring leaders who are open to being challenged, willing to explore controversy, and capable of engaging in informed critical discourse.

The book presents the macro concepts that these audiences must have to guide optimal assessment policy and practice. Collectively, the chapters highlight important assessment purposes and models, including intended and unintended effects of assessment in a globalised context.

The book provides opportunities to explore cultural similarities and particularities. It invites readers to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about ourselves and colleagues in other settings. The chapters highlight the cultural clashes that may occur when cross-cultural borrowing of assessment strategies, policies, and tools takes place. However, authors also encourage sophisticated critical analyses of potential lessons that may be drawn from other contexts and systems.

Readers will encounter challenges from authors to deconstruct their assessment values, beliefs, and preconceptions. Indeed, one purpose of the book is to destabilise certainties about assessment that prevail and to embrace the assessment possibilities that can emerge from cognitive dissonance.


Accountability Assessment in a globalised context Assessment literacy Civil society Educational Evaluation Educational Politics Fair assessment Formative assessment Inclusion Leadership PISA Standardised tests Summative assessment Testing Validity

Editors and affiliations

  • Shelleyann Scott
    • 1
  • Donald E. Scott
    • 2
  • Charles F. Webber
    • 3
  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Fac. of Continuing Education & ExtensionMount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Assessment in Education
  • Book Subtitle Implications for Leadership
  • Editors Shelleyann Scott
    Donald E. Scott
    Charles F. Webber
  • Series Title The Enabling Power of Assessment
  • Series Abbreviated Title The Enabling Power of Assessment
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-23397-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37424-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-23398-7
  • Series ISSN 2198-2643
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-2651
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 314
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Assessment, Testing and Evaluation
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
    Educational Policy and Politics
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