Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence

Principles of Assessment

Assessment methods must be:

  • Valid (assess what they say they do)
  • Reliable (other lecturers would make the same judgement with the same evidence)
  • Flexible (students’ needs are taken into account in terms of the methods, the time and the place)
  • Fair (allow all students to demonstrate their competence)


Rules of Evidence

Assessment tools  must comply with the rules of evidence, for instance, the tool must facilitate the gathering of evidence that is:

    • Valid (covers all requirements of the unit of competency);
    • Sufficient (enables you to make a decision about competence over time and in different situations)
    • Current (competent performance is contemporaneous)
    • Authentic (is the student’s own work)