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Assessment of Learning

Test-heavy baseline assessments rejected by schools

TES News – Teachers have largely rejected moves to introduce “baseline” tests for four- and five-year-old children in their first few weeks of school. See also: Reception baseline assessment: guide to signing up your school (updated 1 July 2015) Baseline assessment guidance

Scottish councils spending more than £1m a year testing primary and early-secondary pupils

TES News – A TESS survey of Scotland’s 32 local authorities has found that standardised testing cost the councils at least £1,052,782 in the past year. The true cost to the Scottish purse is likely to be considerably higher, however, with four councils failing to respond.

Scotland to remain free of national primary testing

TES News – Fears that national testing might be reintroduced to Scottish primary schools have been allayed.

Headteachers express ‘deep concern’ over primary school baseline tests

Guardian Education – Headteachers are being urged to reject controversial new tests for four and five-year-olds in their first weeks at school, amid concerns they will be both statistically invalid and harmful to children’s wellbeing.

‘Outsource marking’ to cut teachers’ workload

BBC News Education – Teachers could reduce their workload by outsourcing the marking of pupils’ school work to staff overseas, suggests a leading education researcher.

Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales

Welsh Government – Professor Donaldson has identified very real strengths in Wales, including the Foundation Phase and the commitment to the Welsh language and culture on which we can build. His report also identifies the shortcomings of the current curriculum arrangements and has made a series of recommendations to address these and improve how children in […]

Commission on Assessment Without Levels – intended outputs and terms of reference

GOV.UK – Commission on Assessment Without Levels: An independent group of education experts supporting schools to develop new approaches to assessment following the removal of levels.

Members of new commission on assessment without levels announced

GOV.UK – DfE has established the members of the commission on assessment without levels that will support schools following the removal of levels. TES News – ‘Teacher-led commission’ on levels will contain no classroom teachers. TES News – The ‘teacher-led’ commission with no front-line staff.

Baseline assessment guidance

Early Education – Early Education and TACTYC have reviewed the six baseline schemes accredited by the Department for Education, and our considered recommendation remains that schools should not introduce a baseline scheme at all … Nevertheless, we recognise that many headteachers feel under pressure to introduce a scheme, and we have therefore reviewed all six schemes strengths and weaknesses […]

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.

Scrap Baseline Assessment in Reception classes

Change.0rg – Early Education online petition to scrap Baseline Assessment, to be delivered to the Secretary of State for Education. The Independent – Baseline tests for new primary school students ‘dragoons children,’ say campaigners calling for them to be scrapped.

Pupil progress ‘key for primary accountability’

BBC News Education – Pupils’ academic progress should be the main measure used by the government to gauge whether England’s primary schools are performing well, a report argues. The Telegraph – Primary school league tables: pupil progress should be ‘main measure’.

Dylan Wiliam Events – further workshops

DYLAN WILIAM EVENTS – The final 3 UK workshops The three workshops will take place at ETC Venues – Dexter House, Tower Hill, London  15, 16 & 17 JUNE 2015 MONDAY, 15 JUNE – EMBEDDING FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TUESDAY 16 JUNE – LEADERSHIP for TEACHER LEARNING WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE – NEW!  LIFE AFTER LEVELS: Principled Assessment Design £350 PER PARTICIPANT […]

Planning assessment without levels

Teach Primary – Dylan Wiliam writes about planning assessment without levels.

Few parents check league tables when choosing schools

BBC News Education – Fewer than a third of parents check league tables when choosing schools for their children, suggests a UK-wide survey for a teaching union.