Examining Teacher Ethical Dilemmas in Classroom Assessment

Jul. 02, 2009

This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25, Issue 5, Pope N. S., Green S. K., Johnson R. L. and Mitchell M., Examining Teacher Ethical Dilemmas in Classroom Assessment , Pages 778-782, Copyright Elsevier (July 2009)”.

The current spotlight on assessment in education raises ethical issues as practices evolve. This study documents ethical conflicts faced by teachers in the United States regarding assessment of students.
Critical incidents generated by practising teachers revealed a majority of reported conflicts related to score pollution, and conflicts frequently arose between teachers’ perceptions of institutional demands and the needs of students. The most frequently mentioned assessment topics causing conflict included grading, standardized testing, and special populations. These findings suggest that explicit guidelines for defining and avoiding unethical behavior would be helpful to teachers in developing their assessment practices.

Updated: Jun. 10, 2009