Answer to "What is remediation within programmatic assessment?"


Editor: Neil Rice


In a traditional program of assessment a student who ‘fails’ an assessment is ordinarily afforded the opportunity to receive help and tutoring on specific knowledge, skills or other difficulties before being reassessed. Remediation within programmatic assessment is not just about reassessment.

The principle of remediation in programmatic assessment builds on the premise that a body of relevant information is available for reflective and personalised evaluation and development. Remediation can be initiated by academic support services in response to performance monitoring, but, where detailed feedback prevails in the programmatic assessment system, the student is also better equipped and encouraged to self-reflect and engage in making sensible remediation decisions.

The longitudinal and continuous nature and frequent look of assessment for progression means that remediation can take place earlier than in a traditional programme of assessment. With programmatic assessment, student’s assessments are not discrete: trends and patterns in assessment performance can be indicative of a requirement for beneficial remediation activity where traditional (discrete pass/fail) assessments may lack such sensitivity. Programmatic assessment is generally very good a picking up low-level concerns where remediation can be useful. For example, a student who is not working at or progressing at an expected level, but would perhaps be doing enough to ‘just pass’ would be flagged earlier in a programmatic assessment remediation model.