Assessment

You are asked to rate your programme on the following three statements:

  • Assessment methods are sufficiently diverse to accommodate a range of learning preferences, to assess a range of learning outcomes and to develop a range of skills.
  • Assessment methodologies are appropriate for the stated learning outcomes and must allow for reasonable adjustments.
  • Assessment of competence standards have been thoroughly considered to ensure inclusive assessment can be implemented.

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Diverse Methods

You will probably be using a range of assessment methods in order to assess a range of learning outcomes.

Utilising a range of assessment methods also allows students with a range of learning preferences to perform to the best of their ability and allows all students to develop a range of skills.

ILTAF statement: Assessment methods are sufficiently diverse to accommodate a range of learning preferences, to assess a range of learning outcomes and to develop a range of skills.

Appropriate methods

It is recommended that assessment methods are appropriate for the learning outcomes which are being assessed. They should be ‘constructively aligned’.

You should also ensure that they allow for reasonable adjustments.

ILTAF statement: Assessment methodologies are appropriate for the stated learning outcomes and must allow for reasonable adjustments.

Competence standards

Competence standards are defined within the Equality Act 2010 as:

‘An academic, medical or other standard applied for the purposes of determining whether or not a person has a particular level of competence or ability.’ (Sch 13, para 4(3))

It is not necessary to make adjustments to a competence standard. However, you should carefully consider whether the standard is legitimate and appropriate and it what ways you could adjust the means by which you assess this competence.

For example, demonstrating the ability to think critically may be seen to be a legitimate requirement of an academic course of study in higher education but is it appropriate to only assess this by means of 3 hour written examinations?

ILTAF statement: Assessment of competence standards have been thoroughly considered to ensure inclusive assessment can be implemented.

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