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Essay by Alan Hamilton 2001 Assessment recording and reporting Assessment is a judgment of quality in education it relates to the testing and examination of students teachers and schools and at the end of the day the Government of the time Whenever we enter into a relationship whenever we do anything in a social context we open ourselves to other peoples assessment They form opinions of us have a perceived image of us or may instantly judge us If they did not then we would be essentially unpredictable to them they would not know what to expect of us or how to behave towards us In informal relationships we expect people to make assessments in the light of their own direct experience of us People share their assessments about other people with friends What do you think of Ken and How do you get on with Ray and Have you heard the latest about Jim Gossip whether charitable or spiteful is a means of establishing norms Assessing is viewed as primarily giving information to other establishments employers or other teachers on succeeding courses Assessment is not popular with many people students do not like being assessed teachers also do not like being assessed OFSTED Appendix 1 shows an example of an OFSTED assessement but there is no escaping the need for assessment as a means of recording and reporting information See Appendix 3 for an example of a School assessment recording and reporting policy Assessment in education can be divided into four main types of assessment Formative assessment An ongoing process of assessment during a project or activity Summative assessment Used at the end of a project or activity to determine the effectiveness of the learning during a project or activity when it is finalised Norm referencing The attainment level of the students and hisher performance during a project or activity are measured against past and or
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