What is it?

10th October 2003 at 01:00
If it's to pass the Ronseal test (do what is says on the tin) assessment for learning must be part of the learning process, rather than simply measuring what has been learned or providing targets to be reached.

The Assessment Reform Group defines it as: "The process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go, and how best to get there."

In the classroom this evidence can come from sources such as "rich" questions and discussions that illustrate pupils' understanding; their evaluations of their own and others' work; and information from classwork and homework.

This evidence indicates "what" a learner can do and is the basis for asking questions about the "how" and "why", thus providing clues to the next steps in learning.

Teachers help learners identify the next learning step and provide sufficient information to encourage them to take it.

This is something marks, levels and grades cannot do as they do not provide the detail needed for learners to know how to improve - and can even discourage learners from trying to improve.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today