The Role of Credential Evaluation in Educational Assessment

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The Role of Credential Evaluation in Educational Assessment

As student mobility increases throughout the world, and the competition for students increases, the process of evaluating the formal and non-formal educational credentials of international student applicants becomes more and more important.In the first portion of this paper, the author will briefly discuss the basic principles of applied comparative education and the process of evaluating educational credentials, using examples to demonstrate the principles and process applied regardless of a student’,s country of origin or country of destination.In the second portion of this paper, the author will discuss ways in which the credential evaluation process affects educational assessment, citing examples including changes in grading practices in China over the past two decades, as well as discussing the ways in which assessment has become more unified in recent years. One of the outcomes of increased student mobility is a greater homogenization of grading practices. The author will cite exceptions to standard practices that have proved effective in assessing learning outcomes, as well as various assessment practices as they relate to admission into higher education. Examples such as “,narrative transcripts”, will be shown.Key words: student mobility, credential evaluation, grading practices

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