ERIC Number: ED417346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Initial Assessment to Identify Learning Needs.
Green, Muriel; Bartram, Dave
FE Matters, v2 n7 1998
This document, which is intended for curriculum managers, student services managers, and learning support managers in further education (FE) colleges throughout the United Kingdom, presents the practical experiences of FE colleges that have implemented a range of approaches to initial assessment and offers technical information, good practice criteria, guidance, and advice regarding developing and using initial assessment materials. The following are among the topics discussed: state of initial assessment in FE colleges; approaches to initial assessment (understanding the rationale for initial assessment, managing initial assessment in FE colleges, choosing and/or devising assessment materials, timing initial assessment, grading and feedback); technical aspects of initial assessment (assessment and testing, assessment policy, definition of initial assessment, assessment for placement versus classification, selection interviews, screening and diagnosis, rationale for diagnostic testing, and use of screening tests and diagnostic assessments); tools and techniques (quality criteria, required resources, key points); advice to colleges (developing an assessment policy; making contracts; understanding options; and deciding whether to test, which tests to use; and whether to use internally developed tests or tests from other colleges). Appended are the following: draft code of good practice testing; guidelines for defining objective tests; and information about designing and developing diagnostic tests. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Adult Students, Diagnostic Tests, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, National Standards, Needs Assessment, Objective Tests, Postsecondary Education, Student Evaluation, Technical Institutes, Test Construction, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7RG, United Kingdom (7.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom