A Common Assessment Framework for Learning

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2020)
Title: A Common Assessment Framework for Learning
Stream: Assessment Theories & Methodologies
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Patrik Eklund, Umeå University, Sweden
Heidi-Tuulia Eklund, City of Salo, Finland


The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is used in many European countries and regions for self-assessment to improve public organizations in particular in public administration like education and health. CAF per se does not embrace formal or methodological approaches to frameworking or assessment provision. Our focus is broadly on assessment in education with particular views on assessment for learning. Our model is intended, on the one hand, to support curriculum task forces within national boards of education, and, on the other hand, to provide assessment framework tool sets in order to support curriculum regional task forces in municipalities, thus ultimately supporting curriculum planning workgroups as well as teachers and teams as education providers. In doing so we propose more formal methodology for quality assurance of learning and teaching, including a specific assessment framework to support quality assurance. Perception and performance are expected to be observed and assessed within modules of particular syllabi of courses. These processes are integrated in a general process of learning and teaching, including feedback loops representing quality assurance on all levels from national curricula through municipal and regional adaptations, all the way down to specific curricula and syllabi as specified in detail for and within particular schools. The particular example drawn in this paper has its focus on music teaching in secondary school using drama process as a teaching and learning methodology, and the process as being encoded in Business Process Modelling Notation.