Define the Key Concepts and Principles of Assessment

1.2 – Define the key concepts and principles of assessment
Concepts of assessment refers to ideas about the assessment process and include things such as following external bodies requirements of assessment and ensuring the process is clear for everyone to understand. It is also necessary to use appropriate assessment methods for your learners which may include assignments, observations, questioning or a mixture of them all.
Principles refers to how the assessment process is carried out for example, ensuring it is ethical by using an assessment process that is honest, moral and fair   and by creating activities at the right level for the learners. The assessment process must also be safe where there is a reduced opportunity for plagiarism and the learners chance of achievement is not compromised in any way.
In order to ensure that the assessment requirements are met by all learners you can use these two principle acronyms as a guideline. Vacsr is a good aid to assess in a way that will help meet requirements and SMART will ensure you are clear and precise with what is expected of the learners.
Valid – Making sure the assessment process is relevant to the qualification or subject the learners have been studying and that you only assess what is necessary for the learners to meet requirements.
Authentic – Any work produces has been created only by the learner.
Current – The work is still relevant at the time the assessment takes place.
Sufficient – Ensuring the work covers all the assessment requirements set.
Reliable – the work remains consistent across multiple learners. If the assessment was carried out again there would be similar results.

Specific – The activity carried out is what needs to be assessed and learners are aware of this.
Measurable – Any activity used is able to be measured against assessment requirements.
Achievable – The activity set is achievable at the right level of the learners.
Relevant – Making sure the activity is reliable and...