Dtlls Module 2 Task 1

Module 2 Task 1 - Initial Assessment

Evaluate different methods of initial assessment that can be used with learners and explain how learning goals can be negotiated and recorded.

“Initial assessment is a term given to part of the learning process that hopes to combine the learner; the teacher and the curriculum” Wilson (134:2009)

This statement suggests that initial assessment should be a 360 degree process and that it is as much for the learner to experience a teacher and curriculum, as well as for the teacher to assess the learning levels of a particular learner.

Initial assessment is the assessment that takes place at the beginning of a new course or topic. It is used to inform the teacher what knowledge the student already has on a subject and if there are any gaps in their knowledge or skills that may be needed to complete the course. There are two main methods of carrying out initial assessment the first is through diagnostic assessment, this uses a series of tests and exercises that will allow the teacher to identify any gaps in the students’ knowledge which can then be use to inform the individualised goals that are set as part of the Individual Learning Plan, this will also inform the teacher about how to teach this student and which areas they may need additional support with allowing the teaching to meet the needs of individuals in the classroom. Within the organisation that I work with this assessment is done as part of the initial assessment by the learners carrying out Basic skills test papers in Maths and English to allow the teacher to identify what level their skills are at. For some learners this data can be hindered because of nerves and the thought that they ‘can’t do it’ as it is carried out under test conditions and is timed some learners feel the pressure and make mistakes that may not occur is a more informal method where they can self assess their skills was used. Diagnostic assessment can also be used to highlight additional...