Assessment and Learner

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UNIT 301 TAQA Susie McFarlane
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment.
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* It is important to understand and identify any particular needs the learner may have so they are able to learn to the best of their ability and get the most out of the qualification. Ensuring they receive the best quality learning can help them achieve their best. * Keeping track of what the learner has learnt is important so there is no repetition and they are learning new topics all the time. This will also contribute to how well the learner takes on new information and what they get from that. * Summative assessment is important to make sure the learner understands what is being taught and they understand any learning outcomes. 1.2

* Assessments used as a process of making judgements are very important as they help us measure where the learner is at in a number of different ways. These can help us as assessors ensure out learners are learning at the right stage and to the right criteria. * Validity – the state or quality of being valid. To question the validity of the argument. (dictionary.com) it can also mean - Validity in assessment refers to measuring what it says it is measuring, be it knowledge, understanding, subject content, skills, information, behaviours, etc. (http://www.saqa.org.za/docs/critguide/assessment/ch03.pdf) * Reliability – the ability to be relied on or depended on as for accuracy, honesty or achievement. (dictionary.com) it can also mean - Reliability in assessment is about consistency. Consistency refers to the same judgements being made in the same, or similar contexts each time a particular assessment for specified stated intentions is administered. (http://www.saqa.org.za/docs/critguide/assessment/ch03.pdf) * Having the learner gather evidence can help in the decision making for the assessor in many different ways. One of which is to ensure the learner is doing the work and is kept up to date. * Evidence being authentic, current and sufficient is important for the learner to get the best from the course and to ensure they are completing their own work and it is up to date with the relevant qualification. * It is important for everyone to get an equal chance of getting an objective and accurate assessment. This can help both the assessor and learner as they can be sure to promote fairness and objectiveness. * The importance of transparency for the learner.

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* Understanding and applying the standards and requirements is important as these are in place for the assessor and learner to gain the most from the qualification and to give them piece of mind that they are receiving the best education. * Planning ahead is important as understanding what stage the learner is at can help to prepare for the next meeting. This can also help the learner prepare too. * Communication of every aspect of the qualification is important as it can help the assessor and learner keeps track of progress and where they need to go next. * Carrying out assessments is important to keep track of the learner’s progress and to keep on track of how they are performing. This can also identify any needs/requirements the learner may have. * Comparing evidence can help to ensure the learner is meeting the set standards and also to ensure the set standards are of the best quality. * Making assessment decisions can help the learner move onto the next task or meet any needs the learner may have. * Recording assessments is important as it can help other verifiers check that the assessor is delivering the correct standards to the learner. * Providing feedback can help the learner understand what worked, what didn’t, where can they do better and how can they do that. 1.4

* The general requirements for assessment’s need to be identified and acknowledged. This can be done by simple research and reading. * Understanding which documents and where to find them is...
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