Assessment at junior cycle places the student at the centre of the learning process and allows for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be assessed.
As part of their classroom work, students engage in assessment activities that can be either formative or summative in nature. Teachers assess as part of their daily practice by observing and listening as students carry out tasks, by looking at what they write or make and by considering how they respond to, frame and ask questions. Teachers use this assessment information to help students plan the next steps in their learning. Periodically this assessment will be in more structured, formalised settings where teachers will need to obtain a snapshot of the students’ progress in order to make decisions on future planning and to report on progress. This may involve the students in doing projects, investigations, case studies and/or tests and may occur at defined points in the school calendar.
This Assessment Toolkit is designed to support and assist teachers in their work on junior cycle assessment. The toolkit contributes to the quality of assessment in the new junior cycle. The toolkit includes a range of assessment supports, advice and guidelines that will enable schools and teachers to engage with all aspects of assessment system in an informed way, with confidence and clarity.
The assessment toolkit comprises a number of sections:
Subjects and Short Courses: assessment guidelines for all subjects and short courses
Review meetings: information and guidelines on procedures and practice of Subject Learning and Review Meetings in schools
Focus on learning: a series of 4 booklets supported by presentations, videos, workshop ideas, discussion cards and posters. This section offers schools opportunities to consider their assessment practice in support of student learning.
Reporting: guidelines and information on planning for reporting.
Glossary: terms and phrases frequently used in the toolkit, short courses and subject specifications.