What are the functions, concepts and principles of assessment in learning and development?
The function of assessment is a way to measure a learner’s competence against agreed standards and criteria. The awarding body’s assessment strategy will state which criteria needs to be met to complete the mandatory and optional units and the best method for acquiring the evidence. A range of methods will be used to decide whether a candidate has demonstrated the skills, knowledge and understanding to be competent against the criteria.
The principles an assessor will need to take into account in the assessment process when put into practice will be:
Fair – Activities during assessment should be relevant to the candidate’s needs and reasonable adjustments made so not to disadvantage any person. Reliable – If the assessment was carried out by a different assessor, in a different place, the results would be consistent.
Valid – the assessment is suitable to the qualification being assessed.
Safe and manageable – the assessor must not put unnecessary demands on the candidate or their work colleagues in the place of occupation.
Suitable for the candidate’s needs – Whilst planning, the assessor would need to take into account the candidate’s needs, subject requirements and make consideration to any prior learning, additionally, plan suitable methods to be used. Answer to question 2 (1.3)
What is the role and responsibilities of the assessor?
The Assessor’s role and responsibilities is to work with the candidate in the following ways:
I. To induct the candidate into the award. To perform an initial assessment to identify any additional requirements the candidate might have; explain the qualification; and explain assessor and candidate roles. II. Planning assessments to identify specific activities where the candidate can be assessed to cover a range of units; identify the most appropriate method of evidence gathering; Plan