Colin Watson is the Deputy Director of Assessment Policy and Development at the DfE. Unsurprisingly his presentation at the Education Show this morning was ‘standing room only’ as hundreds of teachers gathered to hear his update on assessment for Primary schools. We thought it would be useful to summarise some of the key themes for those of you who were unable to get to the NEC today.
- Levels are not in line with the freedom intended to come with the new curriculum and the accountability system did not allow for great work to be recognised, therefore levels are not to be used with the new curriculum.
- Formative assessment is vital in classrooms every day but it is the responsibility of schools and not something central government should be involved with.
- New national tests mean a new floor standard has been raised. 85% of children will be expected to achieve a scaled score of 100 by the end of primary school.
- A school will only fall below this floor if pupils make poor progress AND fewer than 85% achieve the expected standard in national KS2 tests.
- The scaled score is yet to be determined and can only be decided using real data from the first set of new tests.
- The new progress measure will be a ‘value-added’ measure rather than an ‘expected level of progress’ measure. Continue reading →