ASTI policy on assessment in the State certificate examinations was first formulated in 1988. Convention motion 156 stated that:
“The ASTI rejects any extension of the use of school-based assessment for certification purposes in the national examination system.”
The ASTI policy on assessment is based on the principle that assessment in the State certificate examinations should be valid, objective and equitable. There should be a variety of techniques of assessment to evaluate the student’s level of skills and test the student’s knowledge in each subject
The ASTI supports the use of orals, aurals and assessment of practical and project work in the State certificate examinations provided that these techniques involve external setting of questions, external administration, and external marking.
The ASTI insists on these conditions for the following reasons:
1. The setting, administration and marking of the examinations must be perceived by pupils, parents, employers, training agencies and third level colleges to be totally objective and impartial. 2. It is the view of the ASTI that the use of school-based assessment by the pupil’s own teacher for certification purposes has negative consequences for teaching time, the role of the teacher and the pupil-teacher-parent relationship. 3. The introduction of school-based assessment by the pupil’s own teacher for certification purposes would undermine the perception of the teacher by the pupil as an advocate rather than as a judge in terms of nationally certified examinations. 4. External assessment for certification in Ireland has proved its worth in an educational system characterised by excellent standards and sound educational and human values. The superimposing of school-based assessment by the pupils’ own teacher for certification into Irish educational culture and tradition, just because it is practiced in other countries, is an unsound argument.
ASTI Policy on Classroom-Based Assessments in the Framework for Junior Cycle
Convention 2016 passed the following motion: “That ASTI members refuse to assess their own students for school certification (the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement)”
Motion 67 – That ASTI members refuse to assess their own students for school certification. (the JC profile of achievement) this is now policy and is currently being implemented under the directive).