Understanding the Principles of Assessment

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1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment

1. Explain the functions of assessment in learning and development.

Assessment is carried out to evaluate that learning has taken place. It measures the learner’s attainment of knowledge and skills in their particular learning area. Assessment encourages learners to ask questions on anything they have not fully understood, as learners know that they will have to prove their knowledge and understanding during assessment to the standards of the awarding body.

The anticipated outcome of assessment is that the learner will complete assessment to City and Guild standards within the time frame stated, with no assistance and show through answering questions that they have full understanding of the subject.

2. Define the key concepts and principles of assessment.

Assessment has to remain fair, consistent and valid to ensure all learners have an equal and fair chance of receiving a fair assessment. An assessor cannot be swayed to give a learner an easier assessment because they favour the learner.

The assessment process may have to be adapted to be suitable to the learner’s needs but, needs to eventually lead to the same outcome.

3. Explain the responsibilities of the assessor.

The role of the assessor is to assess the learner’s knowledge and performance in a range of tasks. This includes,

▪ Ensuring that the learner has demonstrated competence and knowledge in the assessment to the standard of City and Guilds criteria.

▪ Assessments need to be planned between the assessor and each learner; the learner needs to be fully aware of his/her responsibilities in the collection and presentation of evidence.

▪ The assessor then needs to observe the learners performance in their workplace or similar environment and can ask questions to confirm a learners understanding.

▪ Accurate and constructive feedback needs to be given to the learner whether they have passed the assessment or not. If the assessment has not been achieved the learner needs to be aware of why they did not achieve and how they can rectify this for the next time they are assessed.

▪ Records of the learner’s achievement must be kept up to date and be available for the learner to see.

4. Identify the regulations and requirements relevant to assessment in own area of practice.

As a tutor , I am required to discuss and set targets for the completion of tasks, units, skills development and observations to the City and Guild standards. This is to ensure the learner achieves their programme. I am responsible for the learners to complete the programme units with the time-scale stated by the awarding body, the time-scaled will initially be dictated by the Learning and Skills council but, learners will be assessed on an individual basis and time-scales adjusted to suit individuals. As an assessor I have to set challenging targets, record their progress against their targets in the learners individual learning plan (ILP), monitor their progress with every 4 or 8 week reviews in which progress is discussed and targets are agreed and set for learner to work towards. Once assessment begins I have to give learners clear and constructive feedback on their achievement and progress, learner progress is monitored through 1 to 1 .. Each learner has a portfolio logbook that records the learner’s competence against the standards for the qualification they are working towards. I have to ensure that the logbook is completed and kept up to date to show what progress has been made, and what areas of competence have yet to be achieved, this allows me, learner and visitor from the awarding body to easily track the learner’s progress.

Once the learner has achieved their qualification, it is my responsibility to advise them of any further programmes they could do to develop their skills further.

2. Understand different types of...
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