What are the statutory requirements for assessment in Key Stages 3 and 4?

Changes in statutory assessment in secondary schools derive from a number of sources.  The removal of levels in the NC at Key Stage 2 will affect transfer information after 2015-16. In KS3 the new NC will have an impact on tracking and reporting in the same way as at KS1-2, with schools needing to work in years 7-9 towards the end of KS3 outcomes.  Statutory reporting to parents at the end of KS3 is likely to be against these outcomes; there do not appear to be any plans to provide TA performance descriptors for the end of KS3 as there are for KS1 and 2. For Key Stage 4, the DfE Secondary School Accountability Consultation in Feb 2013, drawing on the Wolf Review, stated: 2.2…The accountability system should be fair and transparent. It should reward schools that set high expectations for the attainment and progress of all their pupils, provide high value qualifications, and teach a broad and a balanced curriculum.  The assessment and accountability systems should be the servant, not the master, of excellent teaching.  At the moment, the accountability system has too many perverse incentives and can distort teaching and narrow the curriculum.  The aim of the changes to assessment and accountability is to promote pupils’ deep understanding across a broad curriculum and maximise progress and attainment for all pupils. 4.6 This approach (outlined in the consultation) provides a strong incentive for schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, including the academic core of the EBacc as appropriate, and to ensure high standards of teaching in a wide range of subjects.  This balance of measures should improve the current system by rewarding schools more clearly for their work with all their pupils.

Statutory assessment and accountability in Key Stages 3 and 4
Sept 2014 – July 2015  Sept 2015 – July 2016  Sept. 2016  ====>
Y7 Pupils will enter secondary school at the beginning of the year with test results  and TA based on NC levels (old NC)                Assessments during year 7 as for Y8   Reporting to parents by end of year (statutory) Pupils will enter secondary school at the beginning of the year with test results  and TA based on NC levels (old NC)                Assessments during year 7 as for Y8   Reporting to parents by end of year (statutory) Pupils will enter secondary school with test results expressed as scaled scores (used as a basis for VA) and whether they have achieved the required standard on the test.TA:  whether pupils meet the performance descriptor of the expected standard except in writing, (meeting one of several performance descriptors  – likely to be used as a basis for VA with test scaled scores) Assessments during year 7 as for Y8 Reporting to parents (statutory)
Y8 Ongoing formative teacher assessment/AfL (non-statutory)Periodic progress checks (non-statutory) Summative assessments against the end of year outcomes (non-statutory) Reporting to parents (statutory)
Y9 Ongoing formative teacher assessment/AfL (non-statutory)Periodic progress checks (non-statutory) Summative assessments against the end of key stage outcomes (statutory) Reporting to parents (statutory)
Y10 Start En and Ma GCSEs based on old NC Start En and Ma GCSEs based on new NC (grades 9-1)
Ongoing formative teacher assessment/AfL (non-statutory)Periodic progress checks (non-statutory) Summative assessments against the end of year outcomes (non-statutory) Reporting to parents (statutory)
Y11 As in 2014, qualifications in the Key Stage 4 Performance Tables will be restricted and each qualification will count for one in the tables irrespective of its size.First entry will count in all subjects       Schools can opt in to Progress 8 measure for end of KS4 in 2015.       Reporting to parents (statutory) Existing En and Ma GCSEs En and Ma GCSEs based on new NC (grades 9-1)
Expected levels of progress measure discontinued. Change in floor targets (average half a GCSE grade less progress in Progress 8 than expected, attainment element not yet specified)  In 2016, the headline measures of secondary school performance will be: –       Progress in 8 subjects –       Attainment in 8 subjects –       % C+ in both GCSE or iGCSE English/maths –       The English Baccalaureate.   Reporting to parents (statutory) Other subjects begin to move to new grading system in future years             Reporting to parents (statutory)

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