Introduction to the Key Principles of Assessment

Key Concepts and Principles of Assessment

Planning [edit]

Planning is an integral part of the assessment process and helps – among many things – to ensure a fair assessment can be carried out. The assessment must be planned and the method chosen to be used explained and documented beforehand. It should be explicit what is expected to be achieved this will allow the learner preparation and research time.

Fair assessment environment [edit]

When arriving to carry out the assessment, the assessor should ensure the workplace is health and safety sound, a safe environment for the learner, and could not possibly pose any disadvantage. The assessor is the individual chiefly responsible for making sure a fair assessment can take place. Ensure enough time is allocated to carry out the assessment activity that is planned, and also does not hinder the business needs of the learner’s workplace.

Workload [edit]

Make sure the amount of work set during both the assessment the learning process is manageable and able to be completed in the allocated time. Stick to what has been agreed previously – this will prevent the learner from becoming overwhelmed or having to alter any of the goals previously set.

Reacting to change [edit]

As most assessments are completed in the workplace, you should be prepared to adapt to ongoing changes and operational demands. Be mindful of needs of the parent organisation – this will promote effective working partnerships with all involved in the assessment, beyond learner and assessor.

Feedback [edit]

Reflecting on how the assessment went and providing feedback is as important as the assessment completed itself.

Feedback needs to be constructive, timely, and motivational. Allowing time to provide feedback needs to be factored into the assessment activity beforehand. This allows the learner to reflect on their performance and give their view on how they felt the assessment went. This also allows review of work completed and ensures the learner is on track to complete the course undertaken in the time allocated.

Setting goals [edit]

Making goals and objectives for the next period achievable and transparent through effective reflection and planning, suitable for the learners' needs and learning abilities. Stretching and challenging throughout the program, moving the qualification at a pace that suits the learner with consideration for timely completion enables a good relationship and effective learning environment to be achieved.