Essay on Understanding the Principles of Assessment

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Unit 1
1.Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

1.1 Function of assessment in learning and development
Assessment enables the assessor to measure and record learner achievement. It also enables one to identify individual learner needs through formative assessments as you are working with the learner throughout, identifying what the next step should be. Formative assessments are a continuous process used to provide feedback to the learner. It could also be through summative assessments whereby the assessor will be assessing what has been achieved whilst at the same time, monitoring learner development against set standards in line with quality standards in order to achieve best practice. Summative assessments
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3. Planning Assessment
3.1 Factors to consider when planning for assessment
When planning, one has to consider the requirements of the regulatory body alongside the standards. In my case it will be considering City and Guilds requirements as the awarding body. You also need to consider student needs making reference to the Initial Assessment results and Diagnostic results. Organisational needs; this involves taking into account the company KPIs. Recognising prior learning and the different types of methods used to meet learner needs. Assessment methods could be observations, performance evidence e.g. portfolios, discussions, witness statements, tests, reflective journals, written activity, question and answer. However, the following factors should be considered: * Planning: Plan the content of the lesson * Implementing: Put the content in to practice * Assessment: Assess if any changes are required * Revise: Make changes to the plan / lesson if required and put in to practice
3.2 Benefits of using the holistic approach to assessment
Holistic assessment reverses the planning practice of looking first at a unit or an element and then identifying activities for the candidate that will evidence the requirements. Instead the assessor and candidate will look at a practical event and plan for evidencing a number of units or elements from this one event.
On the other hand, holistic assessment could be hidden sloppy
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