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.