Assessing Experienced Teachers: the Benefits of Portfolio-Based Assessment

by Neil Anderson

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Fairness while assessing skills and knowledge has always been a challenge among test designers and institutions. There are many components to be taken into account to guarantee an exam or evaluation tool of any sort to be fair, valid, and reliable. Another challenge is yet to be faced, the evaluation of teaching itself. For such reason, it is necessary to acknowledge that evaluating teaching remains a complicated phenomenon: it is challenging to establish a valid construct for assessing what happens in the communicative language classroom and to implement this reliably in order to ensure a fair assessment of performance over time. Using the example of Cambridge DELTA Module 2, this talk will outline the benefits of portfolio-based assessment, as well as possible criteria for assessing experienced teachers, considering the positive impact this can have on teacher development, and the positive impact the assessment process might have among teachers while developing their duty.

About the author

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson has worked as a teacher educator for twenty years, with a focus on both pre-experienced and experienced teachers. He is a CELTA and DELTA trainer and assessor, as well as Principal Examiner for DELTA Module 3. In his current role as Head of Training for Euroexam International, he plans and teaches a range of courses designed to foster professional development of the participants. His primary interests include teacher development through reflective practice and task-based learning (TBL); with regard to the latter, he is the co-author with Neil McCutcheon of Activities for Task-Based Learning and co-runs the blog Fluency First ELT