Assessment by definition is a way of finding out if learning has taken place. It enables a teacher to ascertain if a student has gained the required knowledge and skills needed at any given point towards passing a course or gaining a qualification.
We live in a time where the government have to make drastic cuts in spending across the board and Education has to make major cuts in expences. Because of this it is vital that the money spent on education is not wasted on bad teaching methods and poor quality assessing. It is so important we understand how people learn and train teachers to use good teaching methods and stratagies. Coupled with good teaching is good assessing. Good assessing enables a teacher to pin point where the student is at any given time during the learning process. It proves that learning is taking place and can very quickly, accurately and relatively cheaply tell the teacher what the student has learnt during a particular course or qualification. There are four types of assessment that we will discuss:

1. Initial
2. Formative
3. Summative
4. Criteria

Initial Assesment

The ‘Initial’ assessment is by definition the ‘first’ or ‘priminilary’ evaluation of a student. This could take place before a student begins a course or new job. Filling out an application form or attending an interview would fall into this category. It is useful to know at what level the student is at in order to effectively start/continue their studies. If I were to see a new student starting drums I would begin by asking the student to play a certain beat or fill to assess where they are. This is all part of initial assessment giving the tutor information about the learner’s current level of ability and helps plan future learning and assessment.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is defined as ‘shaping’ or ‘forming’ the student. This is an ongoing process throughout the learning experience. Formative assessment should improve learning...