Assessment and Learning

Assessment & Learning
Task 1
The following is an analysis that focuses on how Orpington College records the results of assessment and how these results are used by the college in quality assurance procedures.  
Submitted summative assessments such as coursework and exam papers are marked by the issuing teacher and recorded on tracking sheets.   Tracking sheets store information about the student e.g. name, course code, level, tutor etc.   Tracking sheets are useful as they are used to record student progress within each unit or module.   Marks or grades awarded at this point by the issuing teacher are provisional and can change depending on the judgment of a second marker.  
Moderations occurs every six weeks, and this is a process where tutors from the same department e.g. IT department exchange and mark each other’s work.   The teacher who takes responsibility for marking the assignments of their colleague’s students is referred to as the second marker.   It is important and beneficial to have a second marker as it ensures that submitted assignments are fairly assessed and marks are awarded appropriately.   During this period teachers are also expected to obtain and compile student grades for each individual module.   Feedback is given to students by teachers on their performance, and targets established at the beginning of the academic year with the use of Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are reviewed and new targets are set.
Quality Review cycles are conducted at the college and this is a nonstop process where the learning institutions efforts to improving the quality of teaching and learning are assessed.   The main aim of a quality review cycle is to assist the College in improving on the quality of education, through inspections and self assessment.  
Quality assurance procedures are carried out internally by the Quality assurance Department of the College and are performed every six weeks or each semester.   Internal quality procedures involve the...