Assessing and Assuring the Quality of Assessment

Assessing and Assuring the Quality of Assessment
Knowledge and Understanding for Unit 1
Understanding the Principles and Practice of Assessment

The aim of this unit is to assess the candidate assessor's knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices that underpin assessment.
All learning outcomes in this unit must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and understanding.
There must be valid, authentic and sufficient evidence for all the assessment criteria.
However, one piece of evidence may be used to meet the requirements of more than one learning outcome.
Please complete the following questions.

Learning Outcome
To understand the principles and requirements of assessment.
1.1 Explain the functions of assessment in learning and development.
Assessment can take part at different stages in learning and development and can often be overlooked. If you have delivered training and you don't assess, how can you be sure the learner has learned anything. There are a number of reasons why you should assess: determining level of knowledge, ensuring that learning has taken place, checking progress to name but a few. Providing summaries for the learners means they can be confident that the learner has the required information about the subject or task. Initial assessment should take place before the course to make sure the leaner is ok to be on the course. Formative assessments are a continuous process used to provide feedback to the learner whereas summative assessment provides a description of learner's level of knowledge on completion of an activity or task.
1.2 Define the key concepts and principles of assessment.
Reliability: If an assessment was totally reliable assessors acting   independently using the same criteria should come to the same outcome when marking a piece of work, in the interests of quality, fairness and assurance. when it comes to summative assessment it's a goal worth aiming for.