Module 3: Reliability
Scenario - Secondary and Post-secondary Education

Mr. Chon teaches Chinese in his district’s middle school magnet program.  Parents are very enthusiastic about the school’s high standards and international focus and students are generally eager to excel in their classes.  Mr. Chon administers benchmark assessments to his students each quarter and he often finds himself explaining the results to parents and students.

How could Mr. Chon 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 chart 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.