On 16th January, the DfE published a primary assessment information and resources guide to help teachers find online content for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two assessments.
On 18th December 2017, the DfE released the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook to support EYFS practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child’s attainment in 2018.
The EYFS Profile Handbook gives:
the child’s attainment in relation to the 17 early learning goal (ELG) descriptors.
a short narrative describing the child’s 3 characteristics of effective learning.
Summary of the EYFS Profile:
The EYFS Profile is not intended to be used for ongoing assessment.
Practitioner’s assessments are primarily based on observing children’s daily activities, in particular learning spontaneously, independents and consistently to understand their level of attainment, interests and learning styles.
On 17th October the DfE published the 2018 statutory guidance for assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2.
Key Changes for 2017 to 2018
Key stage 1
The STA has revised the English teacher assessment frameworks at the end of Key Stage 1. The revised ‘pupil can’ statements are less prescriptive and place greater emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests remain optional from 2018 onwards. Grammar, punctuation and spelling test materials will be available to download from 1st May.
Plans have been announced by Justine Greening, the Education Secretary for the DfE, for a primary assessment system that focuses on pupil progress, mastering literacy and numeracy, and scrapping excessive workload for teachers.
The new primary assessment plans aim to deliver a better foundation for measuring progress and the impact of schools.
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On 31st August the DfE released the results of the KS2 national curriculum assessments and information about the 2017 performance tables.
2017 KS2 SATs results
This year there has been an increase in the proportion of pupils achieving both the expected standard and the higher standard in reading, writing and mathematics, compared with 2016.
The proportion of pupil’s achieving the expected standard has increased by 8 percentage points, from 53% in 2016 to 61% in 2017, and those attaining the higher standard has also increased from 5% to 9%.Continue reading →