What is Primary School Assessment?
'Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there'. (Assessment Reform Group, 2002)
Assessment for learning involves using assessment in the classroom to raise pupils’ achievement. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the aim of their learning, where they are in relation to this aim and how they can achieve the aim (or close the gap in their knowledge).
Assessment is closely linked to teachers’ curriculum planning, since it is only by continually assessing what children have learnt and understood, that we can know what “next steps” should be planned.
Since 2016 the National Curriculum requires that children are now assessed against a clear set of age expectations and each school has been required to develop its own system of assessment.
Children will be teacher assessed against criteria set out in The Interim assessment Framework. This is reproduced below for parent's information. Year 6 children have also been tested in Reading, Maths and Spelling and Grammar, with these tests producing a result that will be reported to parents. The tests examined the standards achieved against the newer heightened expectations of the New national Curriculum.
The school report sent to parents this year will report on attainment using the terms:
- Working towards age related expectations
- Meeting age related expectations
- Has a deepening understanding and mastery of the curriculum, for those children who are very secure and are working at greater depth.
Parents should be aware that the new assessment framework would expect more able children to be working at greater depth within their expected age band, rather than working at a higher age expectation. This differs from the previous assessment system of levels.