Enabling Learning and Assessment


In this assignment I will be analysing the purpose of assessment, I will discuss the role of assessment in evaluation, quality processes, the implications of equality and diversity in assessment.
Assessment is one of the most significant areas of an educational system. It defines what students take to be important, how they spend much of their academic time and in many ways how they value themselves. As a teacher it is important to assess the students to see what they have understood and where their weaknesses are, assessments also aid the teacher to determine how successful their lesson planning was and to ensure that students make the expected progress.
“In the right hands, assessment can inspire, motivate and provide the feedback which is essential for targeting prompt corrective help. But it can also lead us to ignore what cannot easily be measured.”
There are many purposes of assessment. The first one being ‘diagnosis’ it is used to diagnose the level of learning that has been achieved by the learners, and is generally used at the beginning of a course for the teacher to determine the level at which they should be aiming their teaching. Teachers may use diagnostic assessment at the end of a lecture, or after a few lectures, to see if students have understood the information conveyed, and students appear to like this, as it is a way for them to keep a track on their learning.
“Diagnostic assessment identifies and assesses learner’s capabilities in order to inform the structure of the programme or scheme of work; they will also identify learning needs and therefore the support needed to ensure progress. Assessments include Learner needs analysis, preferred learning styles, Initial screening, Prior learning and Skills test.”            

Another purpose of assessment is ‘Guidance’....