« Last post by Graham on October 10, 2014, 05:45:53 PM »
To me this is totally shocking. Why would you set students up to fail on a course that presumably they have opted for and where they haven't completed all the units? Why don't you set your GCSE students an A Level paper- they can all fail then and then you will see progress! I find this all totally ridiculous!
Surely you have evidence of what the students came in at at the start of term from Key Stage 3 and you can then demonstrate progress over time from there. The students will have Key Stage 2 scores I guess from primary school and will be expected to make 4 Levels of progress over Key Stages 3 and 4
Is failing an exam going to make all students work even harder? Will it not totally demoralise some? I would rather see a fair test/exam and then you can see what students know, understand and can do- build on areas of strength and support areas of weakness with intervention.
I do, however, agree that sometimes there is no harm in giving students a test without warning- 'Ambush Assessment' I believe is the latest jargon.