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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

England’s schools succeed in problem-solving test

BBC News Education – England’s teenagers are “significantly above average” in problem-solving skills, according to the results of international tests.  After many disappointments in international school tests, these latest global rankings from the OECD put England in 11th place. The Telegraph – OECD international league tables, published today, show that England is ranked 11th in […]

Reforming assessment and accountability for primary schools

GOV.UK  – Government response to consultation on primary school assessment and accountability. BBC News Education – Primary school tests to be toughened, says minister. The Telegraph – Four-year-olds to be tested within days of starting school. Guardian Education – Schools will be allowed to test four-year-olds from 2016, government confirms. TES News – Tests for […]

Current exams system will stay, vows O’Dowd

Belfast Telegraph – Schools in Northern Ireland are to go it alone after Stormont Education Minister John O’Dowd decided against introducing changes to GCSE and A-Levels in line with England and Wales.

School curriculum and assessment review to be led by Graham Donaldson

BBC News Education – A review of the school curriculum and assessment in Wales has been announced by the education minister.

More than a quarter of Shanghai pupils missed by international Pisa rankings

TES News – The man behind the influential international league table that placed Shanghai above all other school systems has revealed that his study does not include results of more than a quarter of pupils in the Chinese city.