Unit 21

Be able to agree individual learning goals with learners
1.1 Analyse the role of initial and diagnostic assessment in agreeing individual learning goals
Initial assessment is the process in ascertaining the knowledge in a subject area before undertaking it. Diagnostic assessments should be used at the start of courses to give the tutor an understanding of the understanding the learner is currently working at. The assessments will highlight areas of need that students have; this will indicate to the tutor what support and help is required. The assessment will also provide the tutor with knowledge on the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
The use of initial and diagnostic assessment is a way of ensuring that students have an equal opportunity in succeeding within the subject area. From the initial and diagnostic assessment continual assessments should be carried out throughout the course
It is crucial to agree learning goals with the individual learners as part of the assessment. Targets are going be set as part of this, it is important that these targets are specific, measureable, achievable, measureable, realistic ad timed (SMART). The SMART targets will provide small manageable goals that will enable the learner to achieve the overall objectives within a deadline. Tutors should provide support, help and guide students throughout the course where required.
Where I practice all new students go through an initial assessment of WRAT4 test.   This assessment:
‘Is a norm-referenced test that measures the basic academic skills of word reading, sentence comprehension, spelling, and math computation. It was standardized on a representative national sample of over 3,000 individuals ranging in age from 5-94 years’
www.dyslexiaactionshop.co.uk (accessed 24.03.16)
The assessment gives a clear measure on where student’s progress is based on their comprehension, reading, spelling and maths. From this it is possible to enable the student to be challenged at a...