Ethics in school evaluation: assessment as an educational tool


  • Paolo Martena


Ethical evaluation, Life skills evaluation, evaluation taxonomy, Math’s evaluation,


This article analyses the theme of evaluation in schools and its importance for the global growth of students. The process of evaluation is not only an obligation which the teacher must carry out but also an important instrument which guides and enriches their teaching. It has great ethical significance because the teacher, must use evaluation as a means to understand the students’ strengths and weaknesses and consequently guide choices made to render their teaching fruitful. In the first part of the article different types of evaluation are listed and the modern evaluation for competences is analysed in particular. In this type of teaching the teacher is only a director of situations and a cultural mediator who evaluates how the students prepare themselves to face up to real life tasks. European school policy has encouraged the objective of lessening the gap between school and the workplace of the real world. Evaluation in mathematics has been the subject of much attention. Indeed, it is believed that there is an important correlation between poor results in this subject and their fear of being tested. An initial survey on the fear of Maths and on school in general is proposed as solution to this. Finally, attention is brought to the fact that in order to carry out an individual global evaluation which encourages growth, culturally, morally and relationally, teamwork on the part of the teachers is essential.

Author Biography

Paolo Martena

Docente a t.d. di Matematica e Scienze presso l'I.C. "Serra" di Crescentino (VC).




How to Cite

Martena, P. (2016). Ethics in school evaluation: assessment as an educational tool. EDiMaST: Experiences of Teaching With Mathematics, Sciences and Technology, 2(1). Retrieved from



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