|Educational expert's view of themselves.|
We are to use the word "assessment" because it has the connotation of measurement without judgement, of placement on a scale with no mark of "failure", unlike "test" and "quiz", which both have such connotations.
Many systems have rules about marking a 50% when students do 0% of the work, or requiring that teachers use nothing less than a 60 in the gradebook so that kids can't "fail".
"Social promotion", education's version of "too big to fail", pushes students beyond their Peter Principle limits, beyond their level of incompetence.
"All team members must have equal playing time" rules create the same situation on the field.
Isn't it odd that the Powers That Be feel that schools can be tested and can fail based solely on the results of students who can't?