This topic will explain how to create assessment plans using Stedfast. This is one of the most important features used in curriculum development activities. The key concepts are that assessment plans set out what you want learners to do and why (your curriculum intent) and then how you intend to measure they have achieved this. All programmes have an end state, exam, portfolio, or endpoint assessment. Assessment plans are used to plan how you intend to give learners the best opportunity for success at the end of the programme.
Create Measure Types
The first step in the assessment plan process is to create the types of measures that you will use. This can be a mixture of formative or summative assessments, artefacts, learner and peer feedback or anything else you use to judge an assessment’s completion.
Create Assessment Plans
On the measure types have been added, you can now focus on creating the assessment plan. You will need to add the grading criteria when reviewing your assessment plan. You can have up to five grades. You can also add narrative sections, typically used to explain the purpose of the programme or assessment plan, context, structure or schedule. This is a useful area to add information that OfSTED might also ask during a ‘deep dive’. Teachers and trainers will have information to hand to answer any questions.
Once you have set up your assessment plan, the next step is adding the outcomes. There is a library of outcome plans, but you can also add your own. Please notify us if you want a set of outcomes added to the central library. You can also create your own bespoke outcome sets. This is useful if you use assessment plans for non-educational purposes, such as strategic planning or conducting self-assessment reports.
The final step in the process is to create the measures. These set out your curriculum intent. What do you want learners to know or be able to do and why. These measures are designed to set the targets for your delivery. Measures could be, for instance, that all learners achieve at least 80% on a test, have an assessor observation, or complete and submit a piece of workplace evidence. The measures are designed to give you confidence that their achievement demonstrates learners are working towards success at the programme’s endpoint.