Nicky Morgan proposes further reforms to primary assessment

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has spoken today about reforms to promote educational excellence in schools, including proposed changes to primary school assessment. As well as the ‘baseline tests’ when pupils start in Reception, and new more rigorous national curriculum tests at the age of 11, the government is looking to introduce formal tests for pupils at age 7.

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Updated Key Stage 2 reporting arrangements for 2016 national tests

Updated Key Stage 2 assessment and reporting arrangements for 2016

Children who are at the end of Key Stage 2 in May 2016 will be the first to be assessed against the new national curriculum. Ahead of these new national tests, the Standards and Testing Agency have released statutory guidance for head teachers and local authority coordinators.

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Interim frameworks for teacher assessment at the end of key stage 1 and 2: now published

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Interim frameworks for teacher assessment at the end of key stage 1 and 2: now published

Following the removal of teacher assessment levels, statutory interim frameworks have been developed to support teachers in making robust and accurate judgements for pupils at the end of key stage 1  and 2 in 2016.

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New KS1 and KS2 tests frameworks and sample papers published

On 29th June, the Department for Education published the final key stage 1 and 2 national curriculum test frameworks and sample papers for 2016, which will be used primarily by test developers and the Standards and Testing Agency throughout the test development process.

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What we know – and what we don’t – about primary assessment

Thanks to deputy headteacher Michael Tidd for this article

No sooner have we finished one set of Key Stage assessments, than attention inevitably turns to the next lot! But things are a little different this year. We’ve had minor tweaks before, of course, but usually with a little more notice. Summer 2016 is looking to be rather different.

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