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.
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.
The Standards & Testing Agency has confirmed that the evaluation process required as part of the Performance Review for the Reception Baseline Assessment has now been completed and Ministers will shortly be advised of the outcome.
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’.