Please find below something from NAHT in February ...
While we are still waiting for the DfE’s Primary Assessment and Accountability consultation report, the NAHT “Assessment without levels” commission report will be published after the official launch today
This independent commission was set up after the government announced last year that it was scrapping the use of levels to assess pupil progress, to examine concern within the profession about how consistency and measurement could be applied if schools adopted different systems.
As this has been a recurring theme just about everywhere I have worked in the past year here is a quick summary of what you can expect.
The remit of the commission was to:
• establish an agreed set of principles for good assessment;
• find examples of current best practice that met these principles; and
• secure the confidence in these principles from those who hold schools to account.
The commission has made 21 recommendations. These include:
•? children being judged against objective criteria, rather than being ranked against each other.
•? pupil achievement to be described, rather than given a number
•? calling for a system-wide review of assessment covering ages two to 19.
•? a checklist to allow people to create assessment systems and to judge other systems.
The report will be published at http://www.naht.org.uk/
More from Russell Hobby on this in TES:
“The idea of 20,000 different models of assessment is not a good one,” he said. “We want schools to use broadly similar systems. Although levels weren’t brilliant, complete fragmentation is not good either.”
“There will be hundreds of people going into schools with bright ideas for assessment – but they won’t always be good ideas. This will give heads a way of quality assuring those systems.”http://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/02/12/don-39-t-let-assessment-system-fragment-warn-headteachers.aspx
And if this news still leaves you wondering how assessment systems can work without levels, why not follow the constructive and informative debate on Twitter @Beyondlevels https://twitter.com/BeyondLevels