Dr Elaine Boyd – Assessment principles for the classroom: How to make sure you test fairly


Fairness is an important principle in testing – keenly felt by both students and teachers whether the test is in the classroom or external. How do we ensure that every test we conduct – diagnostic, formative, summative and external – is fair and reliable? How do we ensure preparation for a test is valid? This webinar looks at how the 4 key testing principles of validity, reliability, practicality and impact can be used by teachers to ensure that they are being fair and equal to every student.

Dr Elaine Boyd has been involved in English language teaching, teacher training and assessment design for over 35 years for a range of international organizations. She has developed and delivered courses in teacher education and assessment literacy in Europe and India. She is the author of several ELT coursebooks including publications in the Gold exam series and Activate for younger learners. She has published articles in the fields of assessing spoken and written language such as Assessment Literacy for Teachers (2015), British Council. Her research also includes corpus methodologies and she co-authored Epistemic stance in spoken L2 English: The effect of task type and speaker style. (2016). She holds a PhD in spoken language and pragmatics from the University of Cardiff and is currently conducting research in partnership with the Trinity Lancaster Corpus of Spoken Language. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia.