Assessment methodologies at 16

There has been much in the news about changing methodologies for assessment at 16. Most of this has been about the unsuitability of coursework as a valid tool. The solution, to reduce the amount of assessment outside of ‘exams’, seems to be a bit of a knee jerk. But then education is always at the forefront of politicians’ ‘need to do somthing’.

One thing that is also changing though is the introduction of e-portfolios at 16. The DIDA qualification requires this and maybe this helps to deepen the understanding of the application of ICT. Or maybe the e-portfolio becomes a barrier? Certainly it would help assess students’ ability to use an e-portfolio – but we need to be careful that this is the central thing being assessed. How might it be applied to the creative use of ICT demonstrated by students at BAFTA for example?

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