UKLA Viewpoints: Assessing English

Assessment of English is necessary but should not only (or always) be ‘high stakes’ i.e. assessment which holds individuals or schools to account.

On a day-to-day basis, assessment of English should primarily be to understand what students know and can do in order to support their future learning.

There are four main purposes for assessment:

  • to help students while they are learning
  • to find out what students have learnt at a particular point in time
  • to identify any significant problems that individual students might be experiencing or address any causes for concern
  • to reflect on the effectiveness of the taught curriculum with groups of students against defined goals.

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