Ptlls Task 7

“In the right hands, assessment can inspire, motivate and provide feedback (essential for targeting prompt corrective help”.
Petty, G Teaching Today

Assessment is the process of obtaining information about how much the learner knows. It is an integral part to every stage of teaching, from an isolated element of a lesson, to the broader focus of modules and even entire course units and schemes of work. Without assessing what the students have learnt from the lesson offered cannot constitute as teaching. Therefore, it is essential for tutors to practice sound methods of assessments to establish whether learners are meeting targets and reaching goals.

There are 4 types of assessment.
Firstly, INITIAL ASSESSMENT provides information on the learner’s level of attainment. This assessment determines what they already know and is often administered as a preliminary check to place learners on an appropriate programme of learning.
Secondly, DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT is an in depth assessment related to strengths and weaknesses in each skill area, which identifies priorities and needs. It is used to help determine what learners can already do, as well as the goals of the syllabus, scheme of work and Individual Learner Profiles.
Thirdly, FORMATIVE/ ON-GOING ASSESSMENT monitors, measures and reviews learner’s progress against defined objectives and targets, and refines the results of initial and diagnostic assessment.
Lastly, SUMMATIVE / FINAL ASSESSMENT measures learners’ achievement and attainment against defined objectives and targets. This can take the form of an exam and may be assessed through a portfolio of work.
During the initial assessment stage, it is common for learners to undergo some form of review or be subject to an assessment under exam conditions. Acting as a relatively sophisticated tool to ascertain the broader picture of the learners’ abilities, this can be deemed as a welcomed advantage of implementing initial assessments.

Self assessment is a...