One of the most useful features in Stedfast’s assessment plan module is the ability to set grade descriptors for each outcome. This helps staff determine a more realistic score when conducting assessment plan reviews.
Programme Assessment Plans
As a reminder, assessment plans are critical to the success of learning and skills programmes. By providing a clear and concise overview of what students need to achieve, they help ensure that everyone knows the expectations and can work together to meet them.
Users can add one or more measures to set the curriculum intent and the benchmark achievement expectations for each outcome. Curriculum intent is a statement of what the outcome is trying to achieve. At the same time, the benchmark achievement expectation describes how well the student must be able to demonstrate their understanding or application of the outcome.
As part of OfSTED’s Quality of Education judgement, education and training providers must demonstrate curriculum intent, implementation and impact. This means that you need to know your aims and objectives as an organisation, how you will deliver them and what the outcomes will be.
Evaluating your curriculum is vital to ensure that it is fit for purpose and achieving its intended outcomes. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as: lesson observations, learning walks, work scrutiny, student voice surveys, etc. It is important to involve all stakeholders in the evaluation process so that everyone understands what the curriculum is trying to achieve and how it is being delivered. Staff can use this information to score their findings against the grade descriptors when conducting assessment plan reviews.
Once you have evaluated your curriculum, you may find areas that need improvement. It is important to act on this feedback so that you can continue.
The grade descriptors are then used to explain what is expected at each level and help users map their own observations and experiences against an objective framework. This ensures that there is a greater level of consistency when it comes to scoring and provides a more accurate picture of student progress and attainment.
If you’re not already using grade descriptors in your assessment planning, we highly recommend giving it a try. You may find that it makes a big difference to how you approach assessments and helps you better understand student progress.