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Assessment is an integral part of curriculum design. Effective assessment is transparent, ongoing, purposeful, meaningful and linked to well-defined learning outcomes.
Integrating assessment is the fourth stage of curriculum development. Effective assessment directly measures learning outcomes (Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes). This ensures that assessment supports the program's purpose and goals (Stage 2: Determine Focus), which is developed in response to the needs of learners and the community (Stage 1: Understand Needs). Effective, purposeful assessment promotes accountability and transparency (Stage 5: Demonstrate Accountability) at both program and classroom levels.
Assessment can be conducted for a variety of purposes. This framework addresses assessment for three purposes:
Assessment for learning
Assessment as learning
Assessment of learning
Clarifying the purpose of assessment and using the information gathered to achieve the purpose is important for ensuring that assessments are effective.
An effective way to capture and record learners' progress is through the use of portfolios. This framework provides information on using four types of portfolios:
Collaborative learning portfolios
Glossary of Terms (296 kB)
The Glossary of Terms provides definitions and descriptions of the way key terms are used in the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 4 (364 kB)
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 4: Integrate Assessment of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
Portfolio Planning and Implementation (212 kB)
The purpose of this portfolio planning and implementation tool is to help instructors select a portfolio type that is appropriate for their purpose and plan effectively for portfolio assessment.
Assessment of Learning Samples (175 kB)
This Assessment of Learning tool includes sample anecedotal notes, a process for creating rubrics and a description of using worksheets in assessment.
Assessment for Learning Samples (125 kB)
This Asessment for Learning tool includes a sample set of anecdotal notes and a sample checklist.
Assessment as Learning Samples (128 kB)
This Assessment as Learning tool includes a sample sign in/sign out chart and a description of learning photographs.
Methods of Assessment (145 kB)
The purpose of this tool is to help instructors gain a general understanding of the three purposes of assessment and select assessment methods that align with the purpose for assessment.