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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.
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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

Publishing performance measures on school and college websites

GOV.UK – Publishing performance measures on school and college websites Government – consultation response.

Ofqual publishes report into summer 2014 exams

Ofqual – The review concludes that the summer 2014 exams were generally managed well and problems were rare but improvement is needed. Ofqual – Malpractice in GCSE and A Level: Summer 2014 exam Series. BBC News Education – More exam grades changed after challenges. The Telegraph – Ofqual: schools playing the system to boost pupils’ grades. The Guardian – Ofqual […]

Primary school performance tables: 2014

GOV.UK – These performance tables show the achievements of pupils in each state-funded primary school in England. DfE School Performance Tables – Key Stage 2 2014. GOV.UK – 22,000 pupils improve their reading, writing and maths since 2013. BBC News Education – Poor pupils narrow achievement gap, league tables show. The Telegraph – Fox Primary School comes top for […]

Maths tests for four-year-olds are ‘costly, inappropriate and flawed’

TES News – Maths teachers have called on education secretary Nicky Morgan to scrap plans to test four-year-olds, claiming the assessments are “costly, inappropriate and flawed”.

Rise in requests for special needs exam concessions

BBC News Education – The exams regulator Ofqual is to investigate a rise in requests from schools for special arrangements for candidates at GCSE and A-level. Ofqual – Special consideration, access arrangements and entry statistics released.