How will assessment work now?
The programmes of study in the 2014 National Curriculum set out expectations for pupils at the end of each Key Stage.
We have spent a long time researching different methods of assessing pupils, and we have had a look at various commercial software tracking systems. Following our research, we have decided to use Classroom Monitor as our assessment Tracker.
This system is similar to the system used in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
This takes the end of year expectations for each year group and describes children’s attainment as follows:
* Emerging Developing- yet to be secure in emerging statements
* Emerging —Secure in emerging statement
* Expected developing- yet to be secure in the end of year expected statements
* Expected — secure in the majority of the end of year expected statement
* Exceeding — secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations
* Mastery — able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently
Under the old levels system children who were ‘exceeding’ might have moved to the next level. The DfE now want children who are in the ‘exceeding’ bracket to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to have more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills. They are calling this phase of learning Mastery and Depth. Only exceptional children will move into working towards the end of year expectations from the year above. Similarly, children who are unlikely to be emerging at the end of the year may work towards the expectations from the year below. Guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) explains that schools’ assessment systems should be designed to check that pupils are on track to meet expectations at the end of the Key Stage.
Levels no longer reflect the National Curriculum and will not be used to report the results of National Curriculum tests (SATs) from 2015/16.
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published interim frameworks for teacher assessment for Key Stage (KS) 1 and KS 2. These frameworks are intended to support teachers in making accurate judgements for pupils at the end of KS1 and KS2, following the removal of levels.
SATs results will be reported as scaled scores. Under the new accountability system from September 2016, primary schools can choose to use an approved baseline assessment for pupils starting in reception. We have opted for the NFER option. Schools that do not use this will be judged only on attainment when these pupils reach the end of KS2.
For schools that use the new baseline assessment, the DfE will measure pupil progress from the beginning of reception to the end of KS2 using a value-added measure. For those that choose to use the baseline assessment in September 2015, the DfE will measure pupil progress from the beginning of reception to the end of KS2, or from KS1 to KS2, whichever is better for the school.