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Assessment & marking.

Assessment and marking of the exams and coursework of dyslexic students can raise many issues and concerns.

Here you will find suggestions for addressing some of these issues, for example, giving feedback and adjusting deadlines in ways that benefit dyslexic students.

You may find ideas for both inclusive practice and for making reasonable adjustments that are applicable in your discipline area.

Reasonable adjustments

Examples from Assessment style

  • Consider changing the style of assessment between first sits and re-sits if the style of the assessment was problematic at the first sit.
  • Be open to negotiating adjustments where problems are apparent.
  • Consider offering an alternative form of assessment.

Video examples

Dyslexia video: "Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.." Duration: 5 minutes : 3 seconds

Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.

"…one thing I really noticed was that the dyslexic students did better than they typically did and indeed have tended to do better than the other students in this…"

5 min 3s inclusive teaching video by Richard Field, in Assessment style

Dyslexia video: "Feedback on exams: written sheets in History.." Duration: 2 minutes : 28 seconds

Feedback on exams: written sheets in History.

"…students who've got very particular learning strategies can get feedback on how those strategies are actually working…"

2 min 28s inclusive teaching video by Nick Thomas, in Exams

Dyslexia video: "Dyslexic students: approaching exams and using extra time.." Duration: 1 minute : 49 seconds

Dyslexic students: approaching exams and using extra time.

"…it helps a lot and lets me check off the questions…because sometimes there's just that one line in there that I've missed…"

1 min 49s student perspective video by Joe Cornfield et al., in Exams

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