October 2015

Date for review:
October 2016



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A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources)


The aim of this guide is to facilitate school management and staff in developing a policy on the use of assessment instruments in schools.  Assessment instruments include achievement/attainment, ability and diagnostic tests.  

This guide sets out areas which should be considered and addressed when assessment instruments are administered to students.  In addition, the appendices contain a number of templates which may be used to support the development of a school policy on the use of assessment instruments.

Further Recommended Reading

Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors by Declan Fitzgerald and Ciara Farrell should be read in conjunction with this article.  It can be found here.

Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald may be watched in conjunction with this article.  It can be found here