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Welcome to the website of the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment

We hope that you will find our site interesting and informative.  You can contact the Association via the link at the bottom of any page of the website.  Go to Join to find out more about membership of the Association and download an application form.

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

Open letter to Michael Gove: ‘Why the Year 1 phonics check must go’

TES Opinion – a letter from a coalition of leading educationalists, organised by the UK Literacy Association.

Must do better? Black pupils did, with best improvement in exams

The Independent – Black pupils have achieved the biggest rise in test and exam results of any ethnic group in the country, according to new statistics. GOV.UK – The latest figures show how the government’s education reforms are raising standards among black pupils more quickly than any other ethnic group.

Schools told: GCSE and A-level grades may drop in 2014

The Telegraph – Ofqual, the exams watchdog, writes to every school and college in England, warning them to expect “more variable” results in GCSEs and A-levels this summer following major changes to the qualifications system. The Independent – Exam reforms could mean worse-than-expected GCSE and A-level grades. Ofqual – Summer 2014 exams.

Schools and business launch ‘fair education’ alliance

BBC News Education – A campaign to tackle educational inequality is being launched by an alliance of employers, teachers’ organisations and children’s charities.  The Fair Education Alliance will set goals such as narrowing the gap in literacy and maths between rich and poor and in different parts of England.

Secondary schools can opt in to progress 8 measures in 2015

GOV.UK – Mainstream maintained schools, academies and free schools can now choose to adopt the new performance measures a year early in 2015. GOV.UK – Information for schools about the progress 8 measure to be introduced in 2016, along with the terms and conditions for opting in from 2015.