Diagnostic Assessment

A helpful distinction can be made between using assessment to monitor a pupil’s progress, and using it to diagnose a pupil’s specific capabilities and difficulties. Monitoring can be used to identify pupils who are struggling, or whose progress can be accelerated, and diagnostic assessments can suggest the type of support they need from the teacher to continue to progress. When an assessment suggests that a child is struggling, effective diagnosis of the exact nature of their difficulty should be the first step, and should inform early and targeted intervention.