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Assessment
Assessment

Assessment, in educational terms, covers a range of different processes. Traditionally, it meant assessment at the end of a year or a course, usually by formal timed examinations. ‘Exams’ require a particular skill of writing to the clock, and some teachers and lecturers questioned whether this was the best mode of assessment. A method was sought which might cover a wider range of skills, and this led to various kinds of ‘continuous assessment’.

In the 1960s, the Joint Matriculation Board developed a continuously assessed O Level English Language qualification which had no timed exam at all. Across the two years of the course, students produced 10 pieces of work, demonstrating different reading and writing skills. Students were able to prepare in their own time, although ...

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