Learner Assessment and Outcomes
You must assess learner progress because:
- adults want to know their time is well spent.
- funders want to know their money is well spent.
- you want to know you are achieving your agency's mission.
You can track learner progress through:
Give a needs assessments before you begin teaching, to identify learner:
- background (educational and employment)
- Interests and goals
- potential barriers
Give diagnostic assessments before you begin teaching, to find out what your learners already knows and can do. Diagnostic assessments can be as simple as:
- a Needs Assessment and/or Personal Education Plan
- verbal or written “get to know you” questions
- discussing the time and location of future lessons
Give formative assessments periodically during learning to find out what your learners have learned and what you need to review. For example:
- question and answer during the lesson
- authentic tasks
- short tests and quizzes
- homework exercises
- authentic simulations/ role play
Give self-assessments before, during and after teaching to learn about students’ learning styles and perceived abilities/skills.