Module 3: Reliability
Scenario - Elementary Education

Mawuse teaches Akan, an African language, at an elementary and middle school that highlights African culture. Parents are very enthusiastic about the school’s high standards and international focus and students are generally eager to excel in their classes.  Mawuse administers achievement tests to his students every quarter and he often finds himself explaining the results to parents and students.


How could Mawuse handle each of the situations below?  Get out a sheet of paper.  Using what you’ve learned about reliability, brainstorm possible answers to these questions.  Then scroll over the questions to find sample answers.






Positive Washback

Explaining the concept of reliability to students and parents can increase their confidence in test results.  When students know that the assessment is reliable, you can encourage them to work hard between tests and demonstrate their improvement.