ERIC Number: ED315421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
The Quality of Assessments: Case-Studies in the National Certificate. Practitioner MiniPaper 9.
Black, Harry; And Others
The Scottish Vocational Education Council's National Certificate has its origins in the Scottish Education Department's (SED's) decision to rationalize the provision of certification for non-advanced further education in Scotland under one body. This report presents case studies of assessments of students performed by colleges in Scotland, based on the innovative assessment design associated with the National Certificate. This paper is the second of two reports that discuss the findings of the SED's research project on Assessment in the National Certificate Development Program. Focus is on the quality of assessment for summative purposes; that is, the procedures and instruments that were used to decide whether a student should be credited with having successfully completed a National Certificate module. Topics addressed include the assessment model itself as well as its application to mathematics (in a case study of one college), stock control (in a case study of two colleges), communication (in a case study of one college), and electronics (in a case study of two colleges). The components of the system that seem most responsible for the quality of assessments include the institutions and procedures that have responsibility for the policy at the national level; the process that determines the form and function of module descriptors; and the policies and practices within colleges, departments, classrooms, and workplaces where the assessments actually take place. Twenty-three figures and tables are included. (TJH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Colleges, Communication Skills, Educational Assessment, Electronics, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mathematics Tests, National Programs, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Standardized Tests, Student Certification, Supplies, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)