As noted by Tara Fenwick and Jim Parsons in Four Traps, in the assessment process, there are four common pitfalls that instructors should try to avoid:
- Measuring what's easy (instead of what is most important)
- Underestimating the learning embedded in evaluation (evaluation is a learning opportunity i.e. "evaluation shapes knowledge")
- Unexamined power
- Reductionism (teaching to the exam)
- While writing effective assessment criteria may seem a daunting process, there are many tools that instructors can use to gauge their assessment tools.