Assessment is the purposeful and systematic process of gathering, recording, interpreting, using and reporting information about a child’s progress and achievement. All forms of assessment should seek to enhance student achievement. Assessment is used to support teachers in gathering and using appropriate data to drive decisions about learners, learning and pedagogy. A coherent, systematic approach to assessment ensures that the individual needs of students are met and that the teaching and learning are informed by the needs of the student. As such, assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process at Mater Dei Primary School.
There are different purposes for assessment. Assessment for learning (formative) helps identify a student’s current understandings to help attain higher levels of performance. Assessment of learning (summative) indicates the standards achieved by students at particular points in their schooling. Diagnostic assessment determines the nature of the students’ learning and provides appropriate feedback or intervention.
At Mater Dei, we make use of appropriate assessment information from multiple sources to form and drive teaching and learning. We follow the stipulated BCE guidelines and timelines around assessment and monitoring. The BCE monitoring schedule can be accessed here.
Some of the procedures to ensure this occurs include:
All assessment is linked to the BCE policy document ‘Principles of Assessment’. Teachers engage in intra-school moderation each term to ensure that assessment is aligned, equitable, valid and evidence-based.
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