As part of the changes to the new primary curriculum, there will be a number of changes to assessment within primary schools.
The government has announced the members of the new teacher-led comission.
Speaking at an event hosted by think tank Reform, school reform minister Nick Gibb said assessment using levels was misleading to parents and failed to ensure children acquired a good grasp of the basics.
The Department for education announced yesterday that it is introducing a baseline assessment in reception year. From 2016, the reception baseline assessment will be the only measure used to assess the progress of children who enter reception year.
The Department for Education’s consultation on the draft Performance Descriptors ends on 18 December 2014. The consultation has been open since October and the results will be published in February 2015. The final descriptors will be published in the autumn.
The Department for Education are pursuing feedback on the ‘practical use and implementation of statutory teacher assessment performance descriptors at the end of key stages 1 and 2 for the academic year 2015/2016’.
Ofsted have released details in its Note for inspectors: use of assessment information during inspections in 2014/15 of how inspections will take account of the removal of National Curriculum levels. The note details the following:
A new Reception baseline assessment is being introduced from September 2015. It is intended to help assess school effectiveness by providing a score for each pupil at the start of Reception. This score will then be used as the basis for an accountability measure of the relative progress of a cohort of pupils through primary school.
The Key stage 2 science sampling test framework was released in draft format in March.
It confirmed that statutory key stage 2 science sampling tests will continue in summer 2016.