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See Assessment without levels for AAIA guidance on assessment in the National Curriculum in England from September 2014.
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AAIA is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation with membership open to anyone with an interest in educational assessment, both teachers and those who work in an advisory or support  capacity.  Some of our members work independently and information about the services that they offer is available by clicking on Directory at the top of any page on this site.

AAIA – Leading in Learning through Assessment

Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning is fundamental to the development of independent learners. Through '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' (ARG 2002) assessment for learning encourages pupils to take ownership of their learning.

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Assessment of Learning

Pupils' attainment and progress is summarised periodically in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. Navigate to this part of the site for information and links relating to both statutory assessments (in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and non-statutory summative assessment processes.

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Assessment Matters

Assessment processes are integral to learning and teaching. This part of the site focuses on aspects of curriculum and pedagogy where assessment has a key role to play or that have implications for assessment practice, including curriculum reform, pupil voice and thinking skills.

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Examinations and Qualifications

Information about qualifications, awarding bodies and the regulation of examinations and qualifications in all parts of the United Kingdom.

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Performance Data

Links to sites supporting the use of data for school self evaluation and target setting, as well as sites providing national data for England, Scotland and Wales and international comparative information.

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Latest News and Developments

Morgan tells exam boards to protect Polish A-levels

BBC News Education – Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says a future Conservative government would “guarantee the future” of GCSEs and A-levels in minority languages such as Polish, Gujarati, Bengali and Turkish.

Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt

Guardian Education – Shadow education secretary wants to reform 14-19 education and create a single baccalaureate that puts academic and vocational qualifications on a par.

Atlanta teachers jailed for up to 7 years over test cheating

BBC News Education – A group of former teachers and school administrators in Atlanta, Georgia have been jailed for up to seven years for their involvement in a test cheating scandal

Tories to make the EBac compulsory

TES News – The Conservatives will make the English Baccalaureate compulsory in secondary schools should they win the next general election.  The pledge forms part of the party’s election manifesto, and adds that any school that “refuses” to offer the “core subjects” at GCSE could not be judged “outstanding” by Ofsted.

New GCSE reference tests ‘could be compulsory’

BBC News Education – New National Reference Tests to help set GCSE grade boundaries could be made compulsory for thousands of pupils in England.  The exams regulator Ofqual previously suggested the tests would be voluntary.