Improving feedback

The Assessment for Learning: Beyond the Black Box document sets out what I see as the overarching principles of assessment for learning.

  • it is embedded in a view of teaching and learning of which it is an essential part;
  • it involves sharing learning goals with students;

  • it aims to help students to know and to recognise the standards they are

    aiming for;

  • it involves students in self-assessment;

  • it provides feedback which leads to students  recognising their next steps

    and how to take them;

  • it is underpinned by confidence that every student can improve;

  • it involves both teacher and students reviewing and reflecting on assessment data.

We talk and read a lot about  assessment for learning; maybe thinking about these principles will be a step towards helping students and tutors use assessment in its many forms to improve the learning process. 

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