Assessment is the engine that leads the teaching and learning process. Assessment makes it possible to ensure that the students are on the right track along the path of holistic development, by making it possible to get relevant information about their progress. The curriculum allows for formal and informal ways to gather qualitative and quantitative information, and feed it back to teaching and learning.
Assessment is a continuous process of understanding a students’ progress with respect to their individualised learning goals; to assess their strengths and challenges; and to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of learning methods and learning environment. This is done through creation of roadmaps that are regularly revisited to check for relevancy and to track progress.
Assessment has three main purposes:
For students to become self-motivated and independent learners self-assessment is required; they should have knowledge of what they can and cannot do and the strategies that work best for them. Assessment, when carried out effectively, gives students a chance to self-assess – to gather and reflect on it. The quality of the evaluation is important as it makes assessment effective and serves its designed purpose: covering all areas of development, ensuring its participatory nature and effective feedback for further learning.
Assessment is an engine that drives development for all learners individually, in various groups and for the whole school collectively.