Reception baseline assessment

In response to the 2017 ‘Primary assessment in England government consultation’, on 11th April 2018 the DfE announced the introduction of a new statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.


New baseline assessments to be introduced from autumn 2020

The test will be administered by schools as soon as children enter reception and will enable schools to measure children’s progress from reception through to KS2.  The DfE will publish the results of these measures for all through primaries in the summer of 2027.

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DfE announcement: Reception baseline comparability study

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.

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