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1 Putting the learner at the heart of assessment Sue Horner, Director of Curriculum Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency 12 November 2009 Scottish Qualifications Authority BETT, Thursday 15 January 20091

2 The archaeological dig – Year 1

3 The changing picture in England reduction in external testing development of teacher assessment systems need to integrate curriculum and assessment professionalising assessment in schools

4 Government objectives Every child knows how they are doing, and understand what they need to do to improve Every teacher is equipped to make effective judgements about learners attainment and how to plan to improve it Every school has systems for making regular, useful and accurate assessments Every parent knows how their child is doing, what they need to do to improve, and how they can support the child and their teachers

5 The research indicates that improving learning through assessment depends on five, deceptively simple, key factors: – the provision of effective feedback to pupils – the active involvement of pupils in their own learning – adjusting teaching to take account of the results of assessment – a recognition of the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteem of pupils, both of which are crucial influences on learning; – the need for pupils to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve. Assessment for learning: beyond the black box, Assessment Reform Group (University of Cambridge School of Education), 1999

6 BETT, Thursday 15 January Working towards good assessment

7 QCDAs Principles for assessment the learner is at the heart of assessment assessment needs to provide a view of the whole learner assessment is integral to teaching and learning assessment includes reliable judgements about how learners are doing, related, where appropriate, to national standards 7

8 Current priorities Increasing the focus on pupil progress rather than achievement linked to age-related expectations Raising the status of teacher assessment Expanding the assessment repertoire – a wider range of assessment evidence – learners involvement in their assessment – Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) – more accessible and relevant information for parents 8

9 Developing a framework for teacher assessment To help schools and teachers make decisions about what, when and how to assess recognise and make use of a range of evidence use the information effectively for maximum impact use assessment techniques efficiently - reducing specific/separate assessment activities

10 Evaluation of impact: - progress of pupils - enhancement of curriculum - improvements in pedagogy Making a difference 10 Ownership by teachers Involvement of parents and learners Continuing development and responsiveness to changing local and national priorities

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12 Day to day Learning objectives made explicit and shared with students Students engaged in their learning and given immediate feedback In class adjustment of lessons to take account of students needs Periodic Broader view of progress across subject for teacher and learner Use of national standards in the classroom Improvements to medium-term curriculum planning Transitional Formal recognition of students' achievement Reported to parents/carers and next teacher(s) Uses external texts or tasks Assessment overview

13 Assessing Pupils Progress (APP) 13 Tools to support periodic assessment judgements

14 Assessing Pupils Progress

15 Features of APP assessments 15 Independence and choice – pupils demonstrating what they know and can do Wide range of evidence – could be drawn from work across the curriculum and beyond school Use of assessment guidelines which unpack National Curriculum level descriptions Standards files - annotated evidence of pupils learning

16 APP further support 16

17 BETT, Thursday 15 January Changing assessment systems

18 Challenges Five challenges from QCDAs Articulating assessment pilot 18 establishing coherence gaining involvement building consistency securing manageability achieving impact

19 Establishing coherence 19 Hazelwick School, West Sussex Connecting curriculum, teaching and assessment assessment moved them towards a more active and participatory approach to science in year 7 focused on developing an individual learner's science skills rather than the coverage of subject content this led to fairly significant changes in work schemes and teachers planning

20 Gaining involvement 20 St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Warwickshire Leading whole-school change assessment development to improve the standard of childrens writing involving children in their writing targets parents to support their child at home in achieving these targets. the success of the project so far is rooted in the effectiveness of a working party that represents all stakeholders, supported by the school leadership team. a vision statement provided a shared understanding of what the school set out to achieve

21 Ensuring consistency 21 Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School, Rotherham Improving the consistency of assessment assessment for learning as a basis to improve standards planning for, developing and assessing learners personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS) enhance assessment practice within the classroom using video and audio technology ensure that evidence-gathering was manageable and useful, happened at the point of learning and involved the learners themselves all school staff contributed through discussion, trialling methods and feedback

22 Securing manageability 22 Durrington High School, West Sussex Capturing assessment evidence learning conversations are an integral part of weekly catch-up meetings learners are encouraged to take responsibility for the collection of evidence started to use digital video cameras, still cameras and audio recordings as well as paper-based notes to record progress

23 Achieving impact 23 'It quickly became clear that the use of Apgar and its creation of a new dialogue between everyone at Easebourne (children, teachers, parents, carers and governors) was going to revolutionise the way we think about learning.' Easebourne Primary School, West Sussex Broadening the assessment dialogue opportunities for pupils to self-, peer- and group-assess the staff came to the view that assessment based on skills that could be transferred across all subjects would be both far more manageable and have a greater impact on the childrens learning. based their approach on the four Rs: resilience, reflection, relationships and resourcefulness used a version of Apgar to capture the progress individual children made in developing the four Rs on a residential trip

24 BETT, Thursday 15 January Working towards a new assessment landscape

25 Assessment for pupils and teachers My teacher gives me feedback which helps me progress day by day I know how I am progressing and what to focus on next… I do different tasks to show what I can do When I move class my new teacher understands where I am and what I need to do next … and my family knows it so they help me too I build my knowledge of my pupils into my planning and teaching I know my pupils strengths and areas for development I understand national standards in detail I recognise learning and achievement in the classroom My pupils make faster progress than they used to I know that my colleagues share the same expectations I am supported by my school systems and by assessment experts

26 Making the most of current opportunities Ensuring consistency of standards Keeping assessment relevant, up-to-date and responsive to developments in curriculum and pedagogy Expanding the repertoire of types of assessment 26 Putting the learner at the heart of assessment

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