Assessment 101

A simple Google search of the word ‘assessment’ presents a definition that reads, “the action of assessing someone or something”. Words similar to ‘assessment’ include evaluation, judgement and appraisal. As Accredited Skills Development Providers (SDPs) your intention is to ensure that all learners entering your learning programmes do so with the purpose of graduating successfully; sounds easy right?

The action of assessment is simple but not easy; however, the beauty of the process is that it is designed to measure the understanding of the learner and to address any weaknesses and misunderstandings. So, let’s declutter Phase 3: Assessment in order to find simplicity to enable us to manage the assessment process effectively and efficiently both for ourselves as Skills Development Providers (SDPs) as well as for our learners.

There are three types of assessment in the Accredited training landscape as outlined below:

  • Self-assessment is the process of your learners evaluating themselves periodically as they work through their Learner Guides in order for your learners to know and understand the extent of their own abilities and to improve upon them where/when necessary.
  • Formative assessments are on-going and continuous knowledge evaluations that are completed during class and are marked by the facilitator to check that the learner is learning.
  • Summative assessments are practical tasks or assignments completed in the workplace and are marked by the assessor to ensure that the learner can demonstrate applied knowledge.

What is significant to note when rolling out your training material, is that these assessments should be performed in sequence and should not just be given to the learners to complete as and when they feel they should. Have you considered that when your learners evaluate themselves, they feel that they have a sense of control and decision-making over their learning (to refresh on the benefits of this, refer back to our blog, ‘The Art of Facilitation’)?

If the learner is guided to complete their self-assessment prior to completing their formative assessment, this will allow the learner to identify any gaps within their own understanding. Next the learner should complete the formative assessments which will give the facilitator the opportunity to check that the learners are learning. It would be unwise to send the learners into the workplace to complete their practical assignments without first verifying that the learner understands the theory behind what they will be asked to put into practice. Finally, the summative assessments, these assessments will essentially determine whether or not the learner is capable, skilled and qualified in their chosen career path.

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