Presentation on theme: "Primary Assessment Updates April 2014"— Presentation transcript:
1 Primary Assessment Updates April 2014 Ben Fuller Joint Lead Assessment Adviser Herts for Learning Ltd.THIS PRESENTATION MAY BE USED BY ANYONE PROVIDED IT IS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IT WAS PRODUCED BY HERTS FOR LEARNING LTD.
2 Statement from DfE, June 2013 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.We believe this system is complicated and difficult to understand, especially for parents. It also encourages teachers to focus on a pupil’s current level, rather than consider more broadly what the pupil can actually do. Prescribing a single detailed approach to assessment does not fit with the curriculum freedoms we are giving schools. nationalcurriculum2014/a /assessing-without-levels(June 2013)“difficult to understand” – really? Compare what is coming in at KS2 2016!“focus on the pupil’s level” – an effect of high-stakes accountability, rather than the fault of ‘levels’! And accountability is here to stay
3 What do we know so far?KS1 and KS2 assessment 2014 and 2015 – still using levels (assessment based on current NC)Slight changes to KS2 tests (reading and maths papers)KS1 assessment unchanged2016 – new tests for the new curriculum (standardised scores rather than levels)KS2 writing remains a teacher assessmentKS1 remains as teacher assessment informed by tests (including a new Grammar test)KS2 reading – 3 pieces of text in ascending order of difficulty; children have 1 hour for reading and answering questions, rather than split 15 mins reading/45 minute questionsKS2 maths – no calculators allowed in L3-5 tests
4 2016 Assessment in more detail DfE document:Reception baseline assessment from Sept 2016 (or 2015) - schools can choose a commercially provided assessment – or choose not to use one at all!EYFS Profile no longer statutoryKS1 still teacher assessment informed by tests (externally set but internally marked)KS2 tests for reading, maths, grammar. Teacher assessment for writing and science.Progress (2023) measured from Reception to KS2 for an all-through primary – not from KS1 (except for a Junior school!)From 2023, if you haven’t administered Reception baseline (2016) you will only have attainment data (2022, progress from either Reception or KS1, whichever is better.)Floor standard – you will be above floor if either pupils make “sufficient progress” (whatever that is) in all 3 of reading, writing and maths or 85% meet the expected attainment standard (based on standardised score)The idea of ‘deciles’ has been dropped, but the basic concept of a standardised score for each pupil is retainedWriting will be a teacher assessment – therefore we need some ‘performance descriptors’ (like levels?) which will be produced for Years 2 and 6. The KS1 descriptor will be available this autumn – it doesn’t say when the KS2 one will be available.
5 New test specifications – KS1 KS1 maths – paper 1 (arithmetic); paper 2 (mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning)KS1 reading – 2 papers, second one harder than first. Teachers use judgement when to withdraw child from test. Majority of marks on comprehension, up to 30% on inference, a few on language for effectKS1 GAPS – paper 1 (short written task – focus on grammar and punc.); paper 2 (questions on grammar, punc. and vocab.); paper 3 (spelling)For more detail on the domains covered by the tests, see the link
6 New test specifications – KS2 KS2 maths – paper 1 (arithmetic); papers 2 & 3 (mathematical fluency, problem-solving and reasoning)KS2 reading – 1 paper % on comprehension, % on inference, 10-25% on language for effect, up to 10% on themes and conventionsKS2 GAPS – paper 1 (questions on grammar and punc.); paper 2 (spelling)For more detail on the domains covered by the tests, see the link
7 What about in-between the Key Stage assessment points? No national systemNo levelsSchools have the freedom to develop their own approach to assessing progressHoweverOfsted will still need to see robust evidence that pupils are making good progress in learning
8 So why remove levels? Good Practice: A very broad tool, to be used periodically as a check on standardsDetailed level descriptions useful to help teachers consider gaps in pupils’ learning and plan next stepsLess good practice:Levelling every single piece of workLabelling children (“I’m a 3c”)Using level descriptors as children’s targets or as success criteriaDifferentiating lessons according to fixed pupil groups, based on their levelsLevels have over the years been used in a variety of ways – some good, some less so
9 What do we believe about good practice assessment? On the left – assessment = formal, working alone, unsupported, separate to the learningOn the right – assessment = informal, collaborative, supported (adult interaction), integral to the learningAn opportunity for us to question our current practice – are we doing too much of the left picture and not enough of the right?Assessment = an evaluation of what children have learnt at a given point in timeAssessment = an ongoing process which is integral to teaching and learning
10 Good quality assessment Rich open-ended tasksNo ceilingsInvestigation, problem-solving, choiceGroup work, dialogueIntegral to teaching and learningThe principles of good assessment have not changed. Stick with what you believe in.
11 10 Principles of Good Assessment (ARG) Formative Assessment should:be sensitive and constructivefoster learners’ motivationpromote understanding of learning goals and criteriabe part of effective planningdevelop learners’ capacity for self assessmenthelp learners know how to improverecognise all educational achievementbe central to classroom practicebe a key professional skill for teachersfocus on how students learn
12 ChallengesSummative assessment undermines the benefits of formative assessmentTracking of pupil progress may be required for accountability – but don’t over-do it(termly is enough!)Be clear about purpose – for the school or for the learners?
13 An Opportunity Revitalise assessment practice in your schools What is working? What needs changing?Good quality formative assessment, true to the 10 principlesFreedom to develop approaches that are right for your pupilsHfL are here to help and are developing tools to support you
14 “Life after Levels” – HFL developments The Big Picture of the work we are doing – at the moment the main focus is on the second column (development of criteria, which will be linked to our electronic tracking)
15 Coming soon…Herts for Learning are developing a comprehensive suite of materials to support schools, including:Guidance on the new National Curriculum, including planning documentsDevelopment of detailed assessment criteria for all core subjectsAn electronic tracking system, built onto SIMS Assessment Manager 7 – precise details of this will be released early in the Summer term