Peer Evaluation is a process whereby students  grade their peers’ assignments or presentations based on a teacher’s benchmarks.

The practice is employed to improve the students’ metacognitive skills.

Students individually assess each other’s contribution using a predetermined list of criteria. Grading is based on the average of the marks awarded by members of the group.

The main aims of Peer Evaluation are to:

  • Increase student responsibility and autonomy
  • Strive for a more advanced and deeper understanding of the subject matter, skills and processes
  • lift the role and status of the student from passive learner to active leaner and assessor (this also encourages a deeper approach to learning)
  • Involve students in critical reflection
  • Develop in students a better understanding of their own subjectivity and judgement.