Assessment: Identifying THE Construct

Led by Michael Andrew Clarke

Assessments play an important part in our lives whether it is an academic assessment, a clinical assessment, a social assessment or some other type of assessment. Often we know what indicators we are examining but are they truly indicators of the thing that we are supposed to be assessing. Are they indicators of THE Construct or are they indicators of some other construct? Are they indicators of a dependent construct, a confounding construct, or an irrelevant construct? As a politician, education researcher, student, parent, pastor, teacher, administrator, employer what does that common entrance exam score, or those CXC or CAPE results mean to you? What do you think those assessments measure? What weight do you attach to the outcomes? What assumptions do you make about the score recipients?