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The reasons for assessment are quite complex but it is important to be clear about why you are assessing because it impacts on the way you assess and the outcomes that ensue. It is generally considered that the two most important purposes for assessment are to:
Rowntree (1987, pp. 16-31) has identified several other purposes for assessment from the teacher's point of view:
He goes on to suggest that attitudes to assessment purposes and practices depend on teachers' beliefs and understandings about what education is as reflected in the way it is practised (1987, pp. 31).
Which of the purposes listed above are most applicable to the work you do?