1. Explain the Function of Assessment in Learning and Development

1. Explain the function of assessment in learning and development

The function of assessment in learning and development is primarily to provide a measurable barometer for the student’s progress.
Assessment is carried out through initial (pre-assessment), formative (checks throughout the course), and/ or summative (at end of course) activities to help the learner see their development whilst allowing the Assessor to give valuable feedback when appropriate.

Initial assessment in identifying learners needs

Also referred to as pre-assessment or diagnostic assessment, initial assessments are conducted prior to instruction or intervention to establish a baseline from which individual student growth can be measured.
This type of an assessment is used to know what the student's skill level is about the subject. It helps the teacher to explain the material more efficiently. These assessments are not graded.
Tool to diagnose each learners strengths and weaknesses, knowledge and skills; once this is established I can tailor my teaching methods to suit and meet the needs of each learner. This can be obtained through an application form and interviews.
The initial assessment process serves to:
  * Identify if the learner needs;
  * Establish an agreed starting point for the learner;
  * Help determine the most appropriate level of qualification for the learner to achieve;
  * Inform the preparation and development of a teaching and learning programme; and
  * Establish contexts for the development which are meaningful and motivational to the learner.

Formative assessment in tracking learner’s progress

Is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment. It typically involves qualitative feedback (rather than scores) for both student and teacher that focuses on the details of content and performance
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