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.
The DfE have updated their guidance to schools on accountability and funding:
A new package of pupil assessment methods, developed by teachers for teachers, was today (1 May 2014) unveiled by the government.
The new methods, one of which will use in-class apps, will help schools easily and accurately chart pupils’ attainment and progress so they can provide effective, targeted support where it is needed, and will give parents clearer information about their child’s performance and progress.
As part of the 2013 Primary Assessment and Accountability consultation, the DfE consulted on a set of core principles to underpin effective assessment systems within schools. Following feedback from the consultation responses, these principles were further developed by an independent Expert Panel.
Following release of the government’s response to the assessment and accountability for primary schools last week, the DfE have now published drafts of the frameworks for the new national assessments, which will be introduced summer 2016.
After a considerable wait, the DfE has finally published the response to the consultation on primary school assessment and accountability which ended in October last year.
The report from the NAHT Commission on Assessment was published on 13 February 2014 – read the report in full.
Lord Stewart Sutherland (chair of the Commission) introduces the report:
The decision of the NAHT to set up an independent commission on testing and assessment in schools, which I was asked to chair, is a consequence of the decision of the DfE, following a recommendation by the expert panel for the review of the National Curriculum, to abandon the use of levels and level descriptors in the assessment of school pupils.
At the NCTL ‘Seizing Success’ conference on 13 June 2013, the Secretary of State spoke about schools’ ongoing assessment under the new national curriculum:
As part of our reforms to the national curriculum , the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed. It will not be replaced.