Assessment Update - March 2017

Steph Reddington, 31st March 2017

March Updates

In the News...

Sean Harford brands predicting end of key stage results 'a mug's game'

In an ongoing commitment to improve the relationship between Ofsted and schools, Sean Harford has written to inspectors to provide further guidance about inspecting pupil progress, reiterating that they should not be using the term 'expected progress'.

He also informs inspectors that they can "help schools by not asking them during inspections to provide predictions for cohorts about to take tests and examinations. It is impossible to do so with any accuracy until after the tests and examinations have been taken, so we should not put schools under any pressure to do so - it's meaningless".

Following up his formal letter to inspectors, he then took to Twitter, branding predicting end of Key Stage Results as 'a mug's game'.

For full Ofsted letter, click here

Follow Sean via @HarfordSean

Publication: Teacher assessment and moderation - addressing misconceptions

On March 10th, 2017, the STA published a new video to help provide clarity on the use of the frameworks for KS2 Writing.

Unfortunately, for the STA, the video has been slammed by teachers, with the slowly narrated approach being branded as ‘patronising’ and doing little to clear up the previously vague documentation.

TES columnist Michael Tidd, reminds those at the STA that “jobs are lost, schools academised and teachers scrutinised on the basis of these figures”, emphasising the need for clarity.

Watch the video here.

Read Michael Tidd’s article here.

Update on RAISEonline

The DfE have confirmed that they will be launching a new service in April 2017 which will provide schools and other existing user groups with detailed performance analysis to support local school improvement as a replacement to RAISEonline. Details about the launch of the new service will be released in the coming weeks.

Pupil Asset News...

New Prior Attainment Group columns

Due to popular demand, Pupil Asset users can now view which Prior Attainment Group their KS2 children fall into, based on their KS1 APS scores.

To find out more about using the Prior Attainment Groups to track and monitor your children, click here.

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