Long term planning - assessment

"Assessment enables the teacher to build a picture over time of the child’s progress and achievement in learning. This on-going process of how the child learns as well as what the child learns shapes this picture and informs subsequent stages of the teaching and learning process"Assessment in the Primary School Curriculum: Guidelines for Schools (NCCA, 2007), page 7.

School-wide procedures for assessment, as set out in the School Plan and/or Assessment Policy, should be referred to when devising long-term plans.

Assessment in the Primary School Curriculum: Guidelines for Schools (NCCA, 2007 is a particularly useful reference for the teacher when planning for assessment. It details two main approaches to assessment, assessment of learning and assessment for learning, together with the associated methods that may be employed.

These assessment methods, eight in total, are presented on the continuum below:

















© NCCA, 2007



The illustrated table included in the screenshot below (click to enlarge) consists of a menu of assessment methods adapted from the Primary School Curriculum (DES, 1999) and Assessment in the Primary School Curriculum: Guidelines for Schools, (NCCA 2007).The table relates to Fifth class and is for illustrative purposes only.

A teacher may wish to include a similar table of assessment methods in support of the long-term plan. The table will inform the regular and more detailed short-term planning for assessment. 


Sean Gallagher,
9 Mar 2011, 08:11