High stake assessment

Definition: Assessment with important consequences for test takers, on the basis of their performance. Passing has important benefits, such as progressing to a higher grade, a high school diploma, a scholarship, entrance into the labour market or getting a license to practice a profession. Failing also has consequences, such as being forced to take remedial classes or not being able to practice a profession. Examples of high-stakes tests include college entrance examinations, high/secondary school exit examinations, and professional licensing examinations.

Source: UIS Glossary, UIS-UNESCO.

 

Hyperlink: http://uis.unesco.org/en/glossary

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