Cu3049 - Understand the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Aim; The aim of this unit is to assess the learning and development practitioner’s knowledge and understanding of principles and practices of assessment

1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment
1.1 Explain the function of assessment in learning and development

The function of an assessment is to provide evidence that a student has understood their learning.   It is a measurement of individual learning development.   Assessments can be initial, formative and summative.

An initial assessment happens at the start of a programme it outlines a student’s level of ability and usually a test of functional skills to find out if the student is capable of carrying out the work involved within the programme.   It identifies the students’ level which offers the right support to individuals.

Formative assessments are used by tutors to show what their students have understood from their learning.   These can be in different formats depending on the students learning style and what outcome the tutor wants to determine.

It can also depend on the size of the group being assessed as question and answer sessions are often quick and easy but not all students’ participate during sessions with large numbers in the group.

Summative assessments are used at the end of a programme by tutors, managers and awarding bodies as evidence the students understands their subject so can be graded at the appropriate level in order to achieve their qualifications.

1.2 Define the key concepts and principles of assessment

Before an assessment can take place is it important to know the aims and outcomes in order for the result to be specific.   Questions should be asked such as who is the assessment for? Who wants the assessment results?

People who will be interested in the assessment outcome will be as follows;
• Students
• Trainers/ Mentors
• Assessors
• Organisations
• Awarding Bodies
• Employers.  

Assessments are used to recognise prior learning of...