Presentation on theme: "Standard Assessment Tests 2013. Today we want to Inform you about the tests your children will take this year Let you know what has changed this year."— Presentation transcript:
Today we want to Inform you about the tests your children will take this year Let you know what has changed this year Show you some examples of test material Reassure you that your children are well- prepared
This year your child will take: Three maths papers One reading test Several writing tasks In addition, some children may take some level 6 papers
Maths Paper A lasts for 45 minutes The children have a pencil, ruler, protractor, tracing paper and a mirror
Maths Paper B lasts for 45 minutes Children have a pencil, ruler, protractor, tracing paper, a mirror and a calculator
Maths The third maths paper is mental maths Each child has an answer sheet with some information on it (eg there might be three numbers to be added) In order to standardise the test nationally the questions are on a cd, which the teacher plays to the children Children have 5, 10 or 15 seconds to answers questions
Writing There were big changes to the writing last year Teachers argued that the writing test was the most subjective and least reliable test If the subject of the test didn’t appeal to the child, they might not give a fair reflection of their ability On the other hand some had a great day and achieved a much better result than usual (Teachers didn’t complain about this!)
Writing This year the children’s writing will be assessed using a broad range of writing, not just one or two pieces As well as this, the children will complete a spelling and grammar test (SPAG) although the government has now decided that this will not impact your child’s writing score.
Writing In order to check our judgements, we have decided to moderate with our partner schools, which are Catherine Wayte, Abbey Meads and Orchid Vale The Local Education Authority will also moderate some schools to check judgements
Writing This is a transition year and depending on what happens, arrangements may change again next year
Test Levels Throughout their time at Bridlewood, you have been told the national curriculum level that your child is currently achieving eg 4c, 2a etc The results of the tests will be given to you as an overall level eg 3, 4 or 5
Level 6 tests Since last year, level 6 papers have been offered I have checked our results and requested level six papers for our highest achieving children, based on most recent results In recent years, we have had some of the highest numbers of level five achievers in Swindon, so this is a way of showing what our high achievers can do.
Level 6 papers If your child moves into year six already at a level 5, it can look like they have made little progress, because the testing regime has a ceiling. We can see, as I hope you can, that they have made progress but if the test doesn’t measure level 5 sub-levels (c, b and a), it can e difficult to see that progress in test results Last year, we would have liked more information and samples earlier for your children to prepare. This year, there are more practise papers to prepare them with.
Preparation Hopefully, your child will not feel that SATs have dominated their year six However, their achievement has been climbing steadily and we are hopeful that this year’s results will be good. They have had numerous opportunities to learn exam technique and have really improved on their timing.
Today we want to Inform you about the tests your children will take this year Let you know what has changed this year Show you some examples of test material Reassure you that your children are well- prepared Have we done it?