Unit 14 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment
1.1. Explain the function of assessment in learning and development
The function of assessment in learning and development is to provide a means of measuring delegate’s progress.
I can carry out assessment in my courses by checks throughout the course (formative), testing against their previous knowledge (impassive), and at the end of the course (summative). Ensuring activities and tasks to help the delegates (the learner) see their development, whilst allowing me, the trainer/assessor to give valuable feedback when appropriate.
Its purpose is to measure the learners understanding of the subject against the shown outcomes and by the RCT criteria.
Assessment provides clear measurement and recording of achievement during a course, this identifies individual learner’s achievement and needs. I have found I can create quizzes, role play situations and RCT tools to establish revision and consolidation activities, to capture formative evidence of learners understanding of a task prior to assessment or end of the course, this allows me to intervene were necessary to give any extra help.
The learners development is typically measured using formative or summative assessment that meets criteria in a fit-for-purpose task or assignment and it must reflects the required performance of learning to the given standard e.g. RCT criteria HSE standard, in any given course.
The purpose is to monitor development via evidence is it can be quantified and used as performance review/ targets/ benchmarking throughout a course.
From the trainer/assessors point of view it is essential to ensure that assessment decisions are frequently reviewed and internally or externally verified where possible e.g., monitoring and coaching by management, so as to contribute to the awarding institutions, quality assurance and on-going development of best