Assessment Criteria

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What are assessment criteria?

Assessment criteria explain for learners, markers and moderators, how the achievement of learning outcomes will be demonstrated and measured.

How do we use assessment criteria?

The consistent use of robust and clearly articulated assessment criteria is an integral part of students’ assessment briefs. They provide students with a clear understanding of what they need to do to successfully complete the assessment.

Together with standards descriptors, they indicate what a student must demonstrate to achieve a particular grade. Their use also supports fairness and marking consistency by both individual markers and groups of markers across a module. In addition, they assist the moderation process by providing assurance that assessment criteria have been applied appropriately by the markers. Assessment criteria and standards descriptors can also be used to show where and why particular marks were awarded to the assessed work and as a structure for tutors when providing feedback.

See Module Design > Producing module assessment criteria which explains how to write assessment criteria and how the syntax compares to that for writing learning outcomes.