Assessment and Feedback Hints and Tips
There are 3 stages at which we use Assessment as part of a training course:
Initial assessment: This is where you look to assess the initial learner’s entry skills, knowledge and abilities. Initial assessment is a powerful tool to achieve a range of goals.
It allows the teacher to tailor their teaching to the groups knowledge
To ensure that the learner matches the entry criteria for the course
Identify further support that may be needed, (ESOL, numeracy and literacy etc.)
Formative assessment: Assessing while working through the training process.
Tracks learner progress
Identifies further learning needs of group and individual
Identifies further support if needed, and helps identify potential problems.
Summative assessment: Assessment at the end of the course to:
Allow the award of qualifications
Ensure learner has gained their required knowledge and outcomes
Identify and further training needs after completing the course
Who should be involved in the assessment process?
The Learner: Assessment cannot happen without one!
If the learner is not involved with the assessment process they cannot receive feedback.
Cannot learn from errors and mistakes to help the reflectively learn
To allow the learner to express their own needs and understanding
Cannot be tailored to individual situations.
The Assessor: Can be the teacher or an independent assessor.
Carry’s out the initial assessment process
Ensures learners have attained the required level of knowledge
Need to be involved in planning process to ensure they are able to get the required information
Verifier/Moderator: Insures compliance and consistency
Insurers that all learners attain at the same level
Quality checks teacher and assessor to ensure have fulfilled their responsibilities
Ensures that qualifications can be awarded
Self and Peer Assessment:
Self assessment is principally used in initial and