Transcript of Unit 301- Understanding the Principles and Practices of Asse
Unit 301- Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
the key concepts and Principles of assessment
The purpose of assessment is check and monitor learners progress and development, finally setting a framework to provide feedback to inspire learners.
of assessments include:
Assessment must be related to a particular criteria stated by examining body (see example). Internal and External checks in samples of marking are required frequently, to ensure the validity of the assessment and decisions made by the tutor.
The assessment decisions must be made by an assessor/ tutor with the correct competence to ensure they give a judgement that is informative and from a professional perspective.
Decisions must be justified with clear referencing of assessment criteria stated by the examining body. If another tutor were to mark the same piece of work, they should be able to award the same grade for the piece of work.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Change is the end result of all true learning.
Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
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Explain how to judge the validity, authenticity, currency and sufficiency of evidence, and how to ensure the validity, reliability and fairness of assessment decisions
Summarise key factors to be considered when planning holistic assessment
An assessor has multiple roles and responsibilities, firstly it is important is to make an informed judgement about the evidence a student may submit to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and competence to meet the assessment criteria.
An assessor must carrying out assessments following the qualification assessment specifications, ensuring the evidence submitted by learners meets the requirements of the assessment criteria.
It is important that an assessor provides learners with feedback about their performance and achievement, the feedback must be specific to the individuals needs and requirements. This will ensure every learners progresses and is developing throughout the qualification.
Assessors must devising an assessment action plan which is specific the learner to help them develop.
All learners must have the adequate knowledge and resources to complete the assessments, this is to ensure everyone has a fair chance to reach their full potential. As an assessor you must be adaptable to meet the needs of the diverse students you teacher, whether this is through adapting the language, working patterns or environment. This is to ensure you have created an engaging learning environment for everyone to excel and develop within the qualification.
When planning an holistic assessment it is important that the following considerations are focused upon:
It is important that the assessor ensures that each and every individual learner is meeting the assessment criteria. If this does not occur then the learner will be unable to progress and successfully achieve the qualification. This links to the assessors responsibility to be a competent practitioner with the ability to design assessments which meet the necessary criteria for all learners to achieve their full potential.
Assessors must ensure that the type of evidence which will be submitted by the learners are specific to their needs, along with ensuring all criteria has been successful met. Adapting evidence for each leaner, allows each individual to excel and progress using a method most suitable for their needs. For example adapting work sheets, using different front size or colors will ensure that a leaner with Dyslexia is academically supported.
Recording and delivering feedback to learners allows students to understand in detail their own performance, highlighting their- strengths and areas for development. Verbal feedback then allows the tutor and students to agree on specific targets to ensure their are reaching their maximum potential.
Planning an holistic assessment-
When planning an holistic assessment you must ensure the assessment allows all learners to take ownership of their own performance and development. Holistic assessment can include: Group discussions, questioning/answering, observations and coursework.
Recognizing prior learning of the learner is important to gain an understanding of the learners progression through methods and activities such as observation in performance or evidence through discussion can provide the assessor with evidence of how much each learner understands in preparation for the assessment. This helps the assessor create assignments that are original, challenging, engaging, and able to build upon what the learner already knows.
It is important that the assessor and the learners has the adequate knowledge of the units being covered, this is to ensure every learners expresses their knowledge and understanding within the variety of evidence they submit.
Are the learners ready for the assessment-
the responsibilities of the assessor, including how assessment arrangements can be adapted to meet the needs of learners
What is standardization?
“Standardization is framework of agreements to which all relevant parties in an industry or organization must adhere. To ensure that all processes associated with the creation of a good or performance of a service are performed within set guidelines. This is done to ensure the end product has consistent quality, and that any conclusions made are comparable with all other equivalent items in the same class.” In relation to ensuring that all evidence is judged fairly, it is reliable and valid. Standardization ensures that every assessor understands how to mark and the same level and quality.
Using a range of assessment methods allows the assessor to mark students work in a range of formats. This allows the students to portray their knowledge and understanding in different ways. Using a verity of different assessment methods ensures that all evidence is judged fairly, it is reliable and valid. This is because it provides a range of opportunities for the students to excel within, using only one method limits students to maximize their full potential.