Statutory Assessment Tests Usually taken at the end of Key Stage 1 (at age 7) and at the end of Key Stage 2 (at age 11).
Children are expected to achieve Level 4 by the end of Key Stage 2. Some children will still be at Level 3 and some children will achieve Level 5 or 6.
For children working at Level 3 and above, there are two sorts of assessments: tests and teacher assessments. For pupils to be awarded a Level 6 they need to sit the level 3-5 papers, gain a high level 5 and sit the level 6 papers and gain a level 6.
This year it is the week beginning 12th May. All tests take place in that week. Children may not take them earlier or later. A timetable is issued to schools to tell them when tests should be completed, this is the same nationally. Usually there is one test per day (with the exception of those pupils sitting the level 6 papers) and it is a busy week for children and staff alike. Tests are completed in classrooms, with any displays that may help covered over.
The Assessment of Literacy is covered by two tests: Reading English Grammar, punctuation and Spelling
The texts will not be linked by a theme with questions increasing in difficulty through the booklet. Children will have a total of one hour to read the booklet and complete the questions. Short answers: 1 mark; Longer answers up to 3 marks; some answers may involve completing a diagram or drawing arrows. This test will be sent off to be externally marked.
This will focus on four areas: Spelling, punctuation, sentence-grammar and vocabulary. This test will be sent off to be externally marked.
The Assessment of Numeracy is covered by three tests: Mental Mathematics Mathematics test 1 Mathematics test 2
There are 20 questions which the children hear on tape. Each question is read twice. They involve a range of skills. Working out time is 5, 10 or 15 seconds.
This year the big change is that calculators are not allowed in any of the level 3-5 tests. Some questions are worth one mark and therefore accuracy is important. Other questions are worth two marks and even if the answer is wrong, a mark may be given for correct working. These tests will be sent off to be externally marked.
Science sampling tests will recommence in June 2014 on a biennial basis This test will not be taken by whole cohorts but 5 pupils from selected schools will be randomly selected If our school is selected we will be informed in May and we will let parents know if their child is selected When the data is published no individual school or child will be identified Teacher will still give each child a level in Science based on work in class
Teacher assessment draws together everything the teacher or teachers know about a child, including observations, marked work and school assessments. Tests are a snapshot’ of a child’s abilities on that day. There can be a difference between teacher assessment results and test levels.
Building confidence Having a go at practice tests Addressing gaps in learning Interventions – in class, Homework, Teacher Assistant support Some children will be offered booster classes after half-term
Don’t try and frighten them into revising – encourage them and tell them they can do well. Support them with homework. Make sure they get enough sleep. Make sure they eat breakfast. It is important they arrive at school on time. Please help them not to panic!