Function of Assessment

Unit 1
Understanding the principles and requirements of assessment


1.1 Explain the function of assessment in learning and development

The function of assessment is a way for the assessor to find out if learning has taken place.   Assessment enables the assessor to know if the learner has the required skill, knowledge and understanding needed at a given point in time. The assessment also allows the learner to demonstrate the progress they have made and their learning so far. If assessments were not planned or carried out the assessor would be unable to find out how well or what the learner has learnt. An example of this was when a new learner who had gained prior experience and learning joined my salon. Before I could begin planning her learning journey and assessments I needed to ascertain her level of skill, knowledge and understanding. I did this by assessing her level of work at this point in time by getting the learner to perform practical skills on models and block heads. Following this initial assessment I can know begin future planning.

Assessment should be paired with the teaching and learning process. This allows the assessor to see that learning is taking place each time they are with the learners. This would be done by watching what they are doing and asking questions.

The learners are taking a qualification, which means the assessor must use formal assessment methods such as a work place observation. Despite this it would be good to devise suitable informal methods of assessment to check the learners progress at any point in time. An example of this would be to ask the learners questions based on the work they are doing. Assessment should focus on improving and reinforcing learning and measuring learners achievement. The learners should understand how they are progressing and the assessor working with the learner for improvement and development should put a plan in place.    

Assessment is a continual process. Throughout this...