SATs at KS3 level were scrapped several years ago. At KS1 level, they will no longer be compulsory by 2023.
However, they remain active at KS2, meaning that 11-year-olds just about to leave primary school will be tested, with this information feeding into school attainment tables and parents to see how schools are progressing.Read More
Baseline testing has been viewed negatively by some teachers thanks to the planned extension of assessments to reception-age children.
However, baseline testing is used across education and industry to assess starting points and work out where to go from there.Read More
The debate over the usefulness of mock exams has intensified as the new, more rigorous GCSE examinations have begun to be used across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This has combined with renewed calls regarding student stress and whether mock exams – and exams in general – are effective as a means of teaching.Read More
“What grade did I get?”
“Did I get a B/6?”
“How am I doing?”
These are the common questions posed by students up and down the UK – each of which focus on a narrow view of their academic performance.Read More
Assessment data should be improving education standards and informing teaching approaches. Yet the lack of clarity about the intended purpose of different assessments, and the data they should generate, is always complex.
With this in mind, here we look at the five core challenges schools must overcome, if whole-school assessment is to achieve its goals.Read More