Assessing the Areas of Learning

The Department of Education has delegated responsibility to schools for assessing and reporting on subject strands/Areas of Learning and the Other Skills (Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities). This allows teachers the flexibility to develop assessments that meet their pupils' needs.

Schools are encouraged to develop an integrated approach to subject assessment. Subject knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities are interrelated. Schools and teachers need to assess pupils’ subject knowledge and understanding alongside skills and capabilities. They also need to support progression in the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT.