Introduction to Assessment
5.1 Identify and review a range of different assessment methods Assessment can be formative or summative, formative assessment means it is ongoing and summative assessment means at the end. Depending upon the syllabus, the learner(s) may be working towards a unit of a qualification, competence statements or a set of learning outcomes which could be assessed on an ongoing basis. You could use an assignment or questions to assess knowledge on an ongoing basis. You could use an assignment or questions to assess knowledge and/or an observation to assess skills. Formative Assessment Question and answer (Q&A) provide a fairly quick method of assessing all learners’ involvement in the process. A written Q&A session will provide more control, but will require more preparation and will not provide attention to learners who might be struggling. Simple observation of learners and bring them into group discussions and this will help the learners build their confidence and understanding of the subject. Ongoing assessment is a useful method if you find some students struggling with pace or the understanding of the subject matter. Summative Assessment at the end of a session, I would identify if any of my students were struggling to keep up. By identifying what the cause is I would be able to support the student and make any adjustment to help that student feel fully included and supported. I would do this by completing a simple exercise to see what each learner does and doesn’t know about each topic area and then I would revisit this again. 5.2 Explain and evaluate the use of assessment methods in different contexts, including reference to initial assessment Assessment is often carried out on an individual basis and should be written down and agreed with your learner. Assessment may take place in the learning environment or the workplace. When planning an assessment you need to take into account equality of opportunity when deciding...
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