AQA, a long-term customer of BTL Learning & Assessment, have recently published a collection of essays which summarises 2 years of research into the future of assessment. The future of assessment – 2025 and beyond – is positive step for the assessment debate. Rather than picking apart the past, it looks at the future vision of how assessment could be made better. It focuses on the needs of students and teachers, and opportunities which are available both through process change and through the appropriate application of technology.
Reflecting on the key points from the report Bob Gomersall, Chairman at BTL, said:
“AQA have done an excellent job at bringing to the surface the challenges presented by the current assessment system. It’s very encouraging to see intelligent references to technology, not only in the frontline, but also in the underlying systems that support learning.
You don’t have to wait until 2025 to make use of e-assessment. With technology such as Surpass the breadth and depth of questions you ask can be enhanced by rich media and simulations. Tests can adapt and change as the candidate engages, but still provide the baseline results needed. Feedback can be more personal with results processing being faster and cheaper. Technology is increasingly present in society and the workplace; it should be present throughout learning and assessment as well.”
This report and the associated videos are well worth a read and BTL would encourage readers to engage in the debate further via Twitter, using the hashtag #assessment2025
Please visit the following address for more information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/supporting-education/policy/the-future-of-assessment-2025-and-beyond