Assessment should embrace and reflect the academic, social, emotional and moral development of pupils.
The Principles of Assessment as defined by Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment (AAIA):
- The prime objective of assessment is to support learning;
- Assessment should embrace and reflect the academic, social, emotional and moral development of pupils;
- Pupils should be fully involved in assessment processes so that they understand how to improve and become independent learners;
- Assessment should enable pupils to work towards their long-term, as well as their short-term learning goals;
- Assessment should hope motivate pupils and enhance self-esteem;
- Teachers should use assessment processes that are appropriate to the learning activities in which pupils are engaged;
- Teachers should employ a range of assessment strategies on a day-to-day basis and base their judgements on a wide range of evidence in order to obtain a holistic view of pupils’ achievements;
- As an integral part of their continuing professional development (CPD), teachers should have opportunities to moderate the assessment they make in order to ensure that they apply consistent judgements and thereby establish professional and public confidence in standards;
- The information from assessment should primarily be for the purpose of supporting day-to-day learning and teaching but over time should generate information that contributes to the school’s self-evaluation processes;
- All members of staff have a responsibility for assessment and should be involved in the development of practice across the school and the interpretation and use of the information generated;
- Parents and carers should regularly be appraised of pupils’ progress and encouraged to be actively involved in the assessment process.
(Source: Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment (AAIA) 2006)
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