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Strategies to achieve consistency in assessment processes

It is important to aim for consistency when evaluating students' clinical performance. Some strategies to ensure consistency in assessment include:

  • Regular training in the use of the assessment instrument: Make sure you are familiar with your profession's assessment tool. Universities run regular workshops on discipline-specific assessment tools. Even if you are familiar with the assessment it may be worth attending a training course as a refresher. 
  • Gather evidence on the student's performance to support your evaluation. 
  • Use a process of assessment that is planned and evaluated: Ensure that you have scored each clinical competency with a clear score supported by evidence gathered during the placement. At the beginning of the placement, schedule in when the assessments will occur and discuss the assessment with your student. 
  • Continue to develop your assessment skills,using reflective practice
  • Remain clear about what standard is required to pass a competency.
  • If there are multiple Clinical Educators, assign one clinician as the lead assessor to coordinate the process.
  • If necessary, discuss the assessment process with the University Clinical Coordinator. They can review the evidence that you have gathered and help come to a decision as to where the student should be graded.

References:

  • Griffith University Clinical Education Resource Manual, (2012). School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University.

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