Assessment faces a future which consists of several opportunities made possible by new developments and discoveries. It also inherits from the past a range of problems to be solved. In order to emphasize a positive approach, the opportunities will be discussed first.
Possible changes in the improvement of assessment include those related to educational initiatives, psychological research into learning and evaluation, and technological developments.
There have long been two recurring concerns in education. The first has been that the curriculum should be relevant to the lives of those who receive it, and the second is that the quality of the education should be monitored.
Common sense suggests that education should enable those who receive it to develop their potential to allow them to live their lives to the full. There will always be contention, of course, about the ways in which value systems affect the content of education and also about how much of a particular value system should be included. However, most are likely to agree that education should have a clearly defined benefit rather than a supposed usefulness. To achieve this outcome