The Department for Education has published the results of a study that compares the three reception baseline assessments used by schools this academic year. The study concludes that the 3 different assessments are not sufficiently comparable and therefore cannot be used as a starting point from which to measure pupils’ progress.
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.
The Department for Education has released exemplification material for mathematics to support accurate teacher assessment at the end of key stages 1 and 2. This guidance should be used with the 2016 interim teacher assessment frameworks.
The Department for Education has released a guide with information for schools on how they will calculate primary school accountability measures. The 2016 performance tables will reflect the calculations used.
Spring term 2016 timelines have been published by the Department for Education to help headteachers, principals and governors plan for the term and academic year ahead.
The DfE this week praised English primary schools for the continued progress of children. The performance tables, published on 10th December, indicate that 90,000 more children are leaving primary school with a ‘good grounding’ in the essential subjects compared to results in 2010.
Over on his blog, deputy head Michael Tidd has conveniently summarised the DfE’s latest instalment of information on statutory moderation requirements for 2016. It includes the new earlier dates that Teacher Assessment judgements must be submitted:
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.
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.