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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

Assessment without levels commission announced

GOV.UK – Nick Gibb sets out plans for a commission to help improve primary school assessment and testing. GOV.UK – Nick Gibb outlines the support given to schools as they move away from level descriptors.

Reception baseline assessment: guide to signing up your school

GOV.UK – Information for headteachers of primary schools about how to sign up and pay for the new reception baseline assessment. Early Excellence – Early Excellence is providing a series of ‘Baseline Briefings’ in which they will be discussing all the approved schemes.  However, Early Excellence is one of the commercial providers and providing this information does not mean […]

Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables 2014

  DfE School and College Performance Tables – Key Stage 4 2014. GOV.UK – 90,000 more pupils taking core academic GCSEs than in 2010. GOV.UK – Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2013 to 2014 (statistical first release). GOV.UK – GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2014. Press coverage: BBC News Education – School […]

14-18 School Performance tables 2014

DfE School and College Performance Tables – Key Stage 5 2014. GOV.UK – Statistical first release about level 3 results of young people aged 16 to 18 in England for the academic year 2013 to 2014. For related press coverage see – Key Stage 4 School Performance Tables 2014.

Estyn report shows primary school standards decline

BBC News Education – The standards of primary schools inspected in Wales declined in 2014 compared to previous years, according to education watchdog Estyn. Estyn – Annual Report 2013 – 2014.