Ptlls Theory 7

Review a range of different assessment methods available and explain the ones you would use for your subject area. Evaluate the use of assessment methods in different contexts, including reference to initial assessment. Justify the types of assessment records you would complete and explain why.
Word count 300 – 600

Assessment is an important and necessary process used to evaluate teaching and
determine whether learning has taken place. According to Black, P. & William, D. 1998 “Teachers can find out what they need to know in a variety of ways, including observation and discussion in the classroom and the reading of pupils' written work.”

A variety of assessment methods can be employed by both assessor and learner at different stages of the learning cycle. Initial assessment, implemented before learning takes place through discussion; test; approved prior learning/experience etc identifies learner needs; preferred learning styles; and learning barriers. Without formal assessment these would be based on assumption.
Assessments are used to determine a starting point, identify appropriate level of teaching, based on the conclusion, and provide a benchmark for measuring progress. In my role initial BKSB assessments are carried out to determine learners’ literacy levels, therefore gauging their ability to produce or update CVs unaided.

Formative assessment occurring during learning is ongoing, using methods including observation; Q&A; discussion; project work; tests and feedback (this should encourage and motivate), identifying good and bad practice, enabling teachers to continually evaluate and develop sessions to meet learner needs.
Formative assessment highlights gaps which need addressing so both teacher and learner may improve. On R2R provision learners’ complete feedback before, during and after learning, this is used to monitor delivery and implement changes to meet learner needs and expectations.

Summative assessment takes place following...