The teacher assessment exemplification materials are now available for 2017/18. Follow the links below to download from the DfE website.
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.
There are a number of important announcements in the full document, which you can read here. Please see below a summary of the main announcements:
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Setting the scene
Statutory assessment plays an important role in ensuring that every child is supported to leave primary school prepared to succeed. It is crucial that every school is able to demonstrate every pupil’s personal attainment and progress not just at the end of a key stage but throughout their primary education.
Those pupils who have not completed the relevant programmes of study when they reach the appropriate age for statutory assessments do not have the knowledge and skills to achieve expected standard in the national curriculum tests. This is a diverse group including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with English as an additional language. Schools have to look for other ways to monitor and celebrate success and progress for this group of pupils.
Pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A level results today and overall, pass levels have fallen slightly but top A and A* grades are up. A-level entry numbers remained stable, whilst the number of AS-level entries dropped significantly. Find out more about trends in entry level numbers here.
Thanks to Camilla Erskine for this article.
What is interactive assessment?
Interactive assessments are those that are completed and automatically marked on a computer or mobile device. There are various types of interactive tests, ranging from ready-made tests – either specifically for digital use or those that have been adapted from existing paper-based tests – to tailor-made tests that are created from a bank of questions. Such customised tests can be as short or long as the teacher wishes, focusing on a particular topic or style of question, or they may be designed to assess across topics that have been taught over a period of time, for example over the last half term. Some interactive tests can also be created by children themselves – it depends on the system being used. Interactive assessments are most widely used in mathematics as the subject generally lends itself well to automatic marking, but they are also available for English and other subjects as well as to assess skills (e.g. cognitive reasoning).
It has certainly been a couple of years of unprecedented change in primary school assessment, and the internet has been alive with debates and questions raised from the recent announcements by the Department for Education.
Updated Key Stage 2 assessment and reporting arrangements for 2016
Children who are at the end of Key Stage 2 in May 2016 will be the first to be assessed against the new national curriculum. Ahead of these new national tests, the Standards and Testing Agency have released statutory guidance for head teachers and local authority coordinators.
Interim frameworks for teacher assessment at the end of key stage 1 and 2: now published
Following the removal of teacher assessment levels, statutory interim frameworks have been developed to support teachers in making robust and accurate judgements for pupils at the end of key stage 1 and 2 in 2016.
Commission on Assessment without Levels: final report now published
The Commission on Assessment Without Levels was established earlier this year to provide advice and support to schools in developing new approaches to assessment in a world free from levels.