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Why Assessments Must Go Beyond the Syllabus


Traditional assessment methods often revolve around testing students' knowledge based solely on the prescribed syllabus. However, a holistic approach towards evaluating students on general topics, rather than just specific subject matter, offers many benefits in understanding their educational progress.


Assessing students' grasp of broader concepts and general knowledge provides a comprehensive view of their cognitive development. This approach goes beyond memorization, and encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to synthesise information from various sources.


By evaluating students on general topics, educators gain insights into their capacity to apply knowledge across disciplines and their adaptability. This method helps identify signs of holistic learning, such as the ability to connect different ideas, think creatively, and approach challenges with a broader perspective.


Moreover, it enables the recognition of diverse learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses, offering a more inclusive and personalised approach to education. By assessing students on general topics, educational systems can better nurture well-rounded individuals equipped with versatile skills for the dynamic demands of the future.


Measureme™, our Self-Assessment + Randomised Social Audit (SARSA) platform for education, is a perfect tool for such holistic assessments. We believe Measureme will, therefore, prove to be the ideal companion for the education of the future, where deep understanding, rather than mere rote learning, will become the benchmark.

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