Rising Stars Assessment and the NAHT Commission report

The NAHT Commission on Assessment has recently published its report (February 2014).

The report makes several recommendations and also lists a set of underpinning principles to use in determining whether or not assessment is fit for purpose.

How do the Rising Stars New National Curriculum Assessment Progress Tests meet these principles?

THE FIRST PRINCIPLE IS THAT ASSESSMENT SHOULD BE AT THE HEART OF TEACHING AND LEARNING.

The Rising Stars New National Curriculum Assessment Progress Tests are specifically designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in learning and to provide evidence so that teachers can check how pupils are progressing and adjust their planning and teaching accordingly. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to discuss what they have done well with their teacher and to agree next steps that will help them to achieve even more.

ASSESSMENT SHOULD ALSO BE FAIR, HONEST AND AMBITIOUS.

The Rising Stars New National Curriculum Assessment Progress Tests recognise that pupils will be working at their own pace. So, for each subject, tests become increasingly more demanding to ensure challenge and stretch for the more able. Progress is matched to the relevant new National Curriculum Programme of Study. Marks for each test are compared against three zones of progress so that teachers can see quickly whether pupils are working towards the expectations for their year group, meeting the expectations or exceeding them.

The CD-ROM versions of the tests include a Progress Tracker Excel workbook, which can be used to collect all the test information for a given subject and year. This provides additional progress information and can be used to generate individual pupil reports. Whole class data can be exported into the school’s MIS also. Continue reading →

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The Commission on Assessment Without Levels

The Commission on Assessment Without Levels published a report in September 2015 to provide advice and support to schools in developing new approaches in a world free from levels. Their final report can be found here.

 Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 National Tests

In 2016, schools sat the new national tests for the first time. This was also the first year that the results were reported as scaled scores. You can download a guide to the 2016 KS2 national tests results here.

Key Stage 2 Progress Measures

The DfE has released new progress measures following the 2016 national tests. Find out more here.

Primary School Accountability

Read the technical guidance on primary accountability and school-level progress measures here.

Support for teachers

In response to the removal of levels, Rising Stars has produced a range of high quality resources for the new curriculum, which are now used by over 8,500 schools! We also offer one-day national conferences to support teachers with the latest knowledge, plus a number of helpful training events with tailored CPD across a diverse range of topics. Head to the Rising Stars website to find out more. Continue reading →

The NAHT’s Commission on Assessment report

The NAHT’s Commission on Assessment report

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.

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The DfE’s information on assessing without levels

The DfE’s information on assessing without levels

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.

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