Classroom-Based Assessments

Rationale for the Classroom-Based Assessments

The strands of Junior Cycle English are Oral Language, Reading, and Writing. The elements of these strands are
  • Communicating as a listener, speaker, reader and writer 
  • Exploring and using language
  • Knowing the content and structure of language. 
Over the three years of junior cycle students will have many opportunities to enjoy and learn English across the strands. They will read widely; they will talk and discuss; they will write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Through these activities they will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in language and literacy, thereby achieving the learning outcomes across the strands. The Classroom-Based Assessments link to important aspects of that development and relate clearly to priorities for learning and teaching. Tables indicating the main learning outcomes to be assessed through each of the tasks are provided below, stressing the interdependence and integration of the strands. Therefore, although the Classroom-Based Assessment relates to writing, for example, learning outcomes from oral language and reading are of significance. 
 

Oral communication

Students are given an opportunity to choose a topic or issue that is of interest or importance to them and to carry out an exploration over time. The development of basic research skills will be central here, e.g. searching for information, reading and note-making, organising material, using key questions to give shape to ideas, developing a point of view, preparing a presentation. This Classroom-Based Assessment provides useful opportunities for the study of a range of oral presentation styles. In addition, the task offers students opportunities, where appropriate, to collaborate with classmates and others in gathering and developing materials, leading to oral communication for summative assessment.
 
The main learning outcomes to be assessed through oral communication are:
 
Oral language Reading Writing
OL 1, 5, 7, 9, 13 R 3 W 3, 5

Dates for completion of the oral communication classroom-based assessment 2016 (for the cohort of students who began first year in August/September 2014) are as follows:

Spring completion:

Period for work on and completion of Oral Communication: Friday 29th April to Friday 20th May 2016

Latest date for provisional award of Descriptors by the teacher: Wednesday 25th May 2016

Latest date for Subject Learning and Assessment Review: Friday 27th May 2016

Autumn completion

Period for work on and completion of Oral Communication: Friday 9th to Friday 30th September 2016

Latest date for provisional award of Descriptors by the teacher: Wednesday 5th October 2016

Latest date for Subject Learning and Assessment Review: Friday 7th October 2016

Dates for completion of the oral communication classroom-based assessment 2017 (for the cohort of students who began first year in August/September 2015) are as follows:

Period for work on and completion of Oral Communication: Friday 28th April to Friday 19th May 2017

Latest date for provisional award of Descriptors by the teacher: Wednesday 24th May 2017

Latest date for Subject Learning and Assessment Review: Friday 26th May 2017

 

Collection of the student’s texts
Creative writing is a vital part of English, but students are not ‘born’ writers. They need to develop a voice and an identity, a good sense of audience, and an awareness of the process of writing – making notes from their reading and personal experience, trying things out, revising, and polishing for ‘publication’. This is best done over time, with supportive feedback and scaffolding from the teacher. This Classroom-Based Assessment offers students a chance to celebrate their achievements as creators of texts by compiling a collection of their texts in a variety of genres over time and choosing a number of pieces to present for summative assessment.
 
The main learning outcomes to be assessed through the collection of the student’s texts are:

 

Oral language Reading Writing
OL 1 R 2, 6, 8 W 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11
Dates for completion of The Collection of the Student's Texts 2016 (for the cohort of students who began first year in 2014) are as follows:
Latest date for completion of the Collection of Texts and selection by the student of two texts to submit for assessment: Friday 2nd December 2016
Latest date for award of Descriptors by the teacher: Monday 12th December 2016
Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review: Friday 16th December 2016
 
Assessment Task completed: Monday 5th to Friday 9th December 2016 (completed in 80 minutes over one double or two single class periods).   
 
Features of quality in the Classroom-Based Assessment
Features of quality in support of student and teacher judgement are available for each of the Classroom-Based Assessments. The features of quality are the criteria that will be used to assess the pieces of student work.