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

See Assessment without levels for new AAIA guidance on assessment in the National Curriculum in England from September 2014.
For news of the 25th AAIA Annual Conference, go to AAIA Conference 2014.
Members should visit the members’ area to read the President’s letter for the new school year and for access to keynote presentations from the Annual Conference 2014.
For an introductory guide to using this site read Using the AAIA website.  We hope that you will find our site interesting and informative.
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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

DfE Consultation – Performance descriptors: Key Stages 1 and 2

GOV.UK – Consultation on Key Stages 1 and 2 performance descriptors now open.

Early years foundation stage profile results: 2013 to 2014

GOV.UK – Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results in England, for the 2013 to 2014 academic year, at national and local authority level. GOV.UK – Nurseries ‘must do more’ to give children the best start in life (DfE press release). BBC News Education – Boys of five lag behind girls in literacy and numeracy.

‘Culture, not just curriculum’, determines east Asian school success

Guardian Education – Institute of Education research shows teaching methods in China and South Korea are not only factor in high grades.  

Pisa tests to include many more Chinese pupils

BBC News Education – There will be a much wider sample of Chinese pupils taking part in the next round of the international Pisa tests.

GCSE and A level reform

GOV.UK – Consultation on reformed GCSE and A level subject content for teaching from 2016.