Blog post: Primary assessment for non-primary people: a very quick guide
Data analyst and regular TES columnist, James Pembroke, simplifies the complex and sometimes 'bewildering' world of primary assessment including information on the EYFS Profile, Phonics Screening Check, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, including relevant links to Government documentation. A must read for those who are still struggling to get to grips with all things primary assessment. Read the full blog here.
Reminder: EYFS and KS1/KS2 teacher assessments due this week
Schools must submit Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessments by Thursday 29th June. Key Stage 2 data submitted late will not be used in the DfE’s performance tables data checking exercise. The 2017 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements for Key Stage 1 can be found here. The 2017 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements for Key Stage 2 can be found here.
Schools must complete the EYFS profile for their reception-year children by Friday 30th June and report the results to their LA. The 2017 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements for EYFS can be found here.
Government Publication: Phonics Screening Check 2017
Scoring guidance, pupils' materials and answer sheet for the 2017 phonics screening check has now been published. As predicted, the 2017 phonics screening check threshold mark is 32. Teachers should check each pupil’s mark against the threshold to establish whether they have achieved the expected standard. Find all the relevant information here.
Article: Teachers disagree with government over best year for baseline assessment
Writing for the TES, Helen Ward, discusses the findings of recent surveys conducted by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER). Results show that whilst headteachers tended to agree more with the Government's suggestion of a baseline at the start of Reception from which to measure pupil progress, teachers feel that a start of Year 1 baseline may be more appropriate. Read the full article here.
Government Publication: Key stage 2 tests: how to access results and test scripts
Key stage 2 test results will be available in the ‘Pupil results’ section of NCA tools on Tuesday 4 July. Headteachers and teachers can access their pupils’ raw scores, scaled scores and test outcomes.
Schools with a key stage 3 intake can download results for their incoming year 7 pupils, from NCA tools, if they have their unique pupil numbers (UPNs).
Government Publication: STA updates for schools
This week's update includes: a reminder to administer the Phonics Screening Check for those who were absent; reminders about submitting KS1 and KS2 Teacher Assessment data and reminders about the Primary Assessment Consultation. Read the full STA update which includes all the relevant links here.
Reminder: Deadline to administer Phonics Screening Check for absent children is 23rd June
The phonics screening check should have been administered during the week commencing 12th June; however, if a pupil was absent, they can take the check until Friday 23rd June. Pupils must only attempt the check once during the check window. If a pupil does not take the check during this period, and returns to school after Friday 23rd June, they must be recorded as absent. For full guidance, click here.
Reminder: Primary Assessment Consultations close on Thursday 22nd June 2017
This week is the last week for those wishing to contribute to the Primary Assessment Consultation and the Primary School Pupil Assessment: Rochford Review Recommendations to submit a response. Schools, teachers, parents, school governors and local authorities have been encourage to respond. For those that have yet to respond, Life After Levels have produced a Primary Assessment Update which summarises the main points of the two consultations and highlights points to consider when responding. It also includes a summary of The House of Commons Education Report on Primary Assessment as this has a bearing on the debate over school accountability and the assessment regime for primary education. Visit the website here.
Government Publication: STA updates for schools
This week's update includes: information on the Phonics Screening Check, a reminder for Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessments and a reminder about the Primary Assessment Consultation. Read the full STA update which includes all the relevant links here.
Blog post: Is your end of year assessment data as helpful as it can be?
Writing for Rising Stars, Deputy Head and regular TES columnist, Michael Tidd offers advice on how schools can ensure that the data shared between year groups at the end of an academic year is useful and effective for ensuring smooth transitions and raising school standards. Read the full article here.
Blog post: Measuring progress in primary writing
This year, Dr. Chris Wheadon led No More Marking's first large scale national standardisation of Year 6 writing using the increasingly popular comparative judgment method. Over 8000 portfolios were submitted with more than 1500 teachers taking part in judging. This year, the progress of pupils in writing from Year 1 through to Year 6 will be measured so that teachers and schools will be able to compare the progress their pupils are making in writing with the progress pupils are making elsewhere in the country. Read the full blog post here. Visit the No More Marking website here.
Action: Phonics Screening Test to be administered
The phonics screening check should be administered during the week beginning Monday 12th June. If a pupil is absent they can take the check until Friday 23 June. For full administration guidance, click here. The 2017 phonics screening check threshold mark will be published on Monday 26th June. Teachers should check each pupil’s mark against the threshold to establish whether they have achieved the expected standard.
Article: Baseline assessment...Would a sensibly constructed Reception model really be so bad?
With the deadline for response to the Consultation on Primary Assessment looming (5pm, 22 June), Deputy Head and regular TES columnist, Michael Tidd, gives his views on the possible introduction of a new Reception baseline. Whilst confessing he is not an EYFS practitioner, he makes some extremely sensible and valid points about the implications of using such a measure as an indicator of school performance. Read the full article here.
Blog Post: The beginning of the end
Data analyst and regular TES columnist, James Pembroke, argues that whilst progress is a fairer judgement of school performance than attainment, the current system is 'flawed, inaccurate and not fit for purpose'. Discussing the emotive issue of a potential Reception Baseline for accountability, James concludes that whatever measure is introduced it needs to be 'far more robust, more standardised, and take account of as much of pupils' journey through school as possible'. Read the full blog post here.
Government Publication: STA updates for schools
This week's update includes: information on the KS1 tests; information on the Phonics Screening Check and a reminder for Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment. Read the full STA update which includes all the relevant links here.
Government Publication: Key Stage 1 test materials
The DfE have published all the relevant test materials administered to eligible pupils at the end of key stage 1 in May 2017. These include Reading, Maths and SPaG tests as well as materials for administering the Modified Large Print (MLP) and Unified English Braille (UEB) versions of the 2017 key stage 1 English Reading, Maths and SPaG tests.
Reminder: Moderation of KS1 teacher assessment from 5th June
Local authorities (LAs) have been asked to inform schools if they are going to receive an external moderation visit of teacher assessment (TA) for KS1 from Friday 19 May. They will carry out moderation visits from Monday 5th June to Thursday 29th June. If your school is to receive a visit, then the KS1 2017 teacher assessment external moderation guidance will help you to prepare.
News: Rise in marks required to meet expected standard in Reading at KS1
Those who have already downloaded the KS1 Conversion Tables will not have failed to notice that in order for pupils to reach the expected standard in Reading, there has been a significant increase in the raw score required. In 2016, a score of 22 would have been sufficient; however, in 2017, 25 will be required. At first glance, this might not look like a huge ‘jump’, but as a percentage, this is actually a 7% rise in the threshold to meet the expected standard. For a full article, by the TES, click here.
Government Publication: How to convert key stage 1 raw scores to scaled scores
The DfE have released tables for the 2017 assessment cycle showing each of the possible raw scores on the 2017 key stage 1 tests. To convert each pupil’s raw score to a scaled score, look up the raw score and read across to the appropriate scaled score. A scaled score of 100 or more shows the pupil has met the expected standard in the test. Find the table here.
Government Publication: P Scale - Attainment Targets for pupils with special educational needs
Updated on 2nd June to include the introduction of pre-key stage standards to assess pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests, this guidance specifies performance attainment targets (P scales) and performance descriptors for pupils aged 5 to 16 with special educational needs (SEN) who are working below the standard of the national curriculum tests and assessments. Find the full documentation here.