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Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

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Assessment in Level 1 Learning Programmes

Assessment is an intrinsic part of any learning programme as it promotes learning and supports teaching. Having established where the students are starting from, they are supported in coming to terms with the new learning in the PLUs. Then, by receiving regular feedback on their learning progress, students know when they are successful in learning and when they need further assistance to make progress. Gaps in learning are viewed as opportunities for providing good information on the student’s current levels of understanding or misunderstanding. Assessment must be authentic, real and purposeful. Teachers should enable students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways appropriate to their learning and communication strengths. The assessment generated by L1LP Priority Learning Units is classroom-based. Over the three years in junior cycle, students assemble evidence of their learning in a portfolio. Students submit this portfolio to their teachers and the students’ work is assessed and reported on.

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