The impact of continuous assessments on academic performance: a review and synthesis

Ahmed, Rafiuddin (2016) The impact of continuous assessments on academic performance: a review and synthesis. In: Proceedings of the Allied Academies International Internet Conference 2016 (18) pp. 85-92. From: Allied Academies International Internet Conference 2016, 27-29 July 2016, Toronto, Canada.

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Abstract

The academic literature is replete with the term "assessments". Most of the papers focus on different types of assessment and their impact on students' achievements, which are measured, either by learning the content of a subject, or by exam scores, as proxies for performance. The aim of this paper is to determine the role of continuous assessment of subject content, measured by scores in the final exams, or by other means of assessment, that are dependent on continuous skills development (e.g. assignments). The paper uses a literature search of two related terms, namely "assessment" and "performance", and reviews the related keywords and concepts that exemplify academic achievements in various subjects that are predominantly taught in higher education institutions. The key finding of this paper is that continuous assessments improve the academic performance of students most of the time, by engaging them in learning and related activities. The study has implications for incumbent academics that are willing to learn the strategies for improving the engagement of students, for learning the subject content and for attaining ultimate success in their studies. The study also has implications for institutions that are willing to improve the retention of students in subjects perceived to be difficult (measured by their high failure rates), or subjects that are predominantly problem-oriented, such as Statistics, Finance or Accounting.

Item ID: 46624
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISSN: 2050-8313
Keywords: continuous assessment, formative assessment, summative assessment, academic performance, higher education
Funders: James Cook University, JCU
Projects and Grants: JCU Internal Research Allocation
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 00:26
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150105 Management Accounting @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services @ 50%
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