Assessing Inclusively


Inclusive assessment incorporates diversity and flexibility in the overall assessment profile, supported by special provisions where these are deemed appropriate and fair.

Inclusive assessment aims to provide equal academic opportunities for all students. It acknowledges that some students have characteristics, distinct from their academic ability, which can make it hard for them to meet assessment requirements in a manner equal to their peers.

The UNSW student population is very diverse in its cultural, language and socio-economic composition. Additionally, some 1000 UNSW students on average each year identify themselves as having a disability.  When we adopt inclusive assessment design principles, students have a more equitable academic experience, whatever their background. 

Inclusive assessment does not mean lowering academic standards.  As long as the learning outcomes can be achieved through equivalent means, inclusive assessment is a mechanism for safeguarding standards while maximising the possibility of success for all students.

Principles and strategic approaches
In this video, Leanne Dowse (School of Social Sciences & International Studies) discusses the principles of and strategic approaches to inclusive assessment, as well as the key processes for UNSW students and teachers.


Case studies

Student perspective on inclusive assessment
In this video, Felix Rodrigues discusses assessing inclusively from a student perspective.

Additional information