Welcome to the Rising Stars Assessment Community site

Welcome! This website will keep you up to date with all the latest news and information from the DfEOfsted and others. We will guide you through the transition to assessment in the new national curriculum with advice from our team of experts.

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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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