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Please click on Assessment without levels below for new AAIA guidance on assessment in the National Curriculum in England from September 2014.
Members should visit the members’ area to read the President’s letter for the new school year.

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

Provisional Key Stage 2 Test Results 2014

GOV.UK – Primary test results: standards rising in all subjects. GOV.UK – Statistical First Release: National curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England 2014.

Heads publish own league tables to seize back control from ministers

TES News – A coalition of school leaders has launched a new initiative that will allow parents to create their own school performance league tables with the aim of protecting heads from political interference. New website – Publish your school’s full GCSE performance results from this autumn.

A level results 2014

BBC News Education – A-level grades edge down, as university places rise. The Telegraph – A-level results: pass rate ‘declines for first time in 32 years’. Guardian Education – A-level results: record numbers get into university but pass rate falls. Guardian Education – A-level maths overtakes English for first time as students opt for harder […]

2014 GCSE results

GOV.UK – Higher standards as thousands more take GCSEs at the right time. Ofqual – A brief explanation of summer 2014 GCSE results. BBC News Education – GCSE grades rise, but sharp fall in English. The Telegraph - GCSE results 2014: C grades up overall as English scores plummet. Guardian Education – GCSE results: more A*-C […]

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.