Group and peer assessment

What is group and peer assessment?

Group assessments (also known as team assessments) are those assessment tasks that students work on collaboratively, and the same mark is awarded for some (or all) of the assessment to the group members. These tasks can help students build ‘cooperative skills, in line with [...] graduate outcomes relating to teamwork’ (Biggs and Tang, 2015, p.254). However in order to work for both educators and students, these types of assessment tasks must be planned well, and executed carefully.

Peer assessments are those methods of assessment where students evaluate and assess each other, often in conjunction with self-assessment.  Peer assessment can involve reflection, feedback, or other methods of evaluation. Like group assessments, these types of assessment need to be carefully planned and executed to ensure the process is fair and equitable for students. Students also need to be well supported to carry this out.

Peer assessment is “an arrangement whereby students evaluate and make judgements about the work of their peers and construct a written feedback commentary” (Nicol, Thomson & Breslin, 2014, p.103), or produce feedback comments using other methods (e.g. video). Peer assessment can also include providing marks, but does not have to.

It is important to note that:

  • not all group assessments will involve peer assessment
  • peer assessment can be part of individual assessment tasks too.

Education Performance Standards Framework

The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.

Impact on student learning

Impact on educational knowledge

Impact on educational environment

Effective teaching and learning

Responsive program design

Student- centred orientation

Professional learning engagement

Pedagogical content knowledge

Education research performance

Education innovation

Education leadership




You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Use group assessment to deepen authenticity in assessment
  • Embed student-centered learning into your assessment regime
  • Build teamwork opportunities for students in relation to graduate outcomes and teamwork skills development
  • Create opportunities for students to learn how to work constructively in diverse teams and appreciate intercultural elements
  • Support students to give and receive feedback and develop their capacity for evaluative judgement

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