A1 Assessors

Unit 1 written answers
      1.1   Explain the functions of assessment in learning and development
Assessment is carried out firstly to gauge what level the learner is at, how they like to learn and to establish how likely they are to succeed.   Assessment is on-going and it assesses the rate in which learners develop to monitor the rate of learning from start to finish and to make sure all criteria is being met. The cycle of assessment begins with initial assessment to check the learner’s level of knowledge. From this starting point a diagnostic assessment is completed to find any gaps in the learner’s knowledge. Once this is established learning activities such as: observation, question and answer sessions and evidence collection can be planned.
      1.2 Define the key concepts and principles of assessment
The main principles are:
Fairness- Make sure all candidates have an equal chance of gathering evidence – for example a Polish person might need a translator or bi lingual resources to help overcome any language barriers.
Reliability- that the learner can do the same tasks over and over to the same level and all areas of completed work are enough to cover the performance criteria and that assessors and IVs will reach the same decision.
Validity- That the assessment matches the performance being assessed
Safety and manageability- To insure all evidence is accessible and manageable and it can be used to assess the learner’s needs and meet deadlines
Current- Is the assessment criteria up to date
Sufficient- is there enough and does it cover the requirement
Authentic- has it been produced by the learner
      1.3 Explain the responsibility of an assessor
The responsibilities of an assessor are to plan assessments to meet learners’ needs, to be flexible on time and to assess required evidence. Other responsibilities of an assessor include attending standardisation meetings etc.; keep up to date with any changes in working standards and spending some...