Assessment plans provide organisations with a clear understanding of how delivery programmes are assessed. It sets out how assessments will be measured and when, who will collect the data and how the results will be used. The ultimate goal is to ensure ongoing and systematic evaluation of learning. More specifically assessment plans are used to set out curriculum intent. Using the review features, organisations can also evaluate curriculum impact.
Assessment plans also show the alignment of course curricula to the stated programme outcomes, describe how the outcomes will be assessed and outline how results will be used.
The purpose of the assessment is to improve and enhance educational processes, policies, and practices as a result of evidence-based decision making and change implementation. This is the core of the assessment cycle. It is essential to document the process and any resulting decisions in order to be organised, transparent, accountable, and accountable.
An effective assessment system will allow teachers to fully understand what pupils should master at each stage of education and to assess their progress in that area.
Planning is a critical part of an effective assessment. For any assessment plan, organisations should consider the following.
The goal or outcome to be assessed should be considered when choosing a methodology
Data analysis and available resources
Options for sampling
How to review and use the results
What results will be shared
What information will be used to improve teaching and learning, or institution effectiveness?
By focusing on the assessment objectives and how to achieve them, organisations can avoid redundancies and structure an assessment plan resulting in less frustration and greater teacher effectiveness.
Absolutely. One of the main benefits of apprenticeship standards is that they clearly set out the outcomes required by the end of the programme. Apprenticeship providers know they have to ensure that learners can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours when they go through Endpoint Assessment.
It is therefore critical that organisations delivering apprenticeships have well developed assessment plans.
Organisations can use apprenticeship assessment plans to ensure their learners are prepared for the endpoint assessment. Assessment plans will give confidence that they will have met all of the required standards.
Assessment plans clearly outline the expected outcomes that learners will demonstrate by the end of the programme.Plans show how course curricula will align to programme outcomes. They also describe how outcomes will be evaluated and how they will be used.
Assessment plans can be used to determine if learners have the skills and knowledge required for the standard.
Organisations will be able to see what is working and what needs improvement through assessment activities.
Assessment plans support your curriculum intent and impact planning. Organisations that are subject to inspections by OfSTED will need to work towards the Quality of Education judgement which is set out in the Education Inspection Framework. This requires education and training providers to set out their intent which is the framework of what will be delivered to learners. Using assessment plans, organisations are able to identify what will be delivered and why and then how they measure success.
Using assessment plan reviews, organisations are able to measure the curriculum impact and action plan improvements to teaching and learning.
Each outcome can be mapped to other outcome sets and reports are available to see all of the mapping that has taken place. This is particularly helpful when mapping requirements such as SMSC – Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, PREVENT or extending maths and English.
Each assessment plan can have one or more review cycles. These are set up by the assessment plan administrator and they are normally conducted at the end of an academic cycle. Each outcome will have one or more measures that staff are allocated. They will add their findings and where necessary add actions to the programme action plan.
Organisations that need to complete self assessment reports can use assessment plans to do this. They set out the objectives and outcomes and the identify who they measure their performance. Using the assessment plan review, they allocate measures to the self assessment team who are then able to add their findings and add actions to the quality improvement plan.
No. Developing an assessment plan is not time-consuming. It involves identifying what you intend to deliver (outcomes) and how you want to measure the impact (findings). Stedfast is collaborative so you can have multiple staff working on an assessment plan and programme review.