Grade integrity and the representation of academic achievement
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In this article, grade integrity is defined as to the extent to which each grade awarded, either at the conclusion of a course or module of study or for an extended response to an assessment task, is strictly commensurate with the quality, breadth and depth of a students' performance. The three basic requirements for this aspiration to be realised are, in order: assessment evidence of a logically legitimate type; evidence of sufficient scope and soundness to allow for a strong inference to be drawn; and a grading principle that is theoretically appropriate for coding the level of a student's performance. When further developed, the general approach outlined could produce positive side benefits, including ways of dealing with grade inflation.
Studies in Higher Education
Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Studies in Higher Education, Volume 34, Issue 7, 2009, Pages 807 - 826. Studies in Higher Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Education Assessment and Evaluation