Just a few optimistic thoughts about the new assessment reforms:
- “make detailed performance descriptors available to inform teacher assessment at the end of key stage 1 and key stage 2. These will be directly linked to the content of the new curriculum”
This counters the APP system where there were attainment targets (ATs) which ‘related to’ the national curriculum programmes of study (PoS). The problem was that the ‘related to’ aspect only confused stressed out teachers even more because in effect they had to correlate an assessment system with a teaching programme. Now the ATs are the same as the PoS which should enable a direct route from teaching to assessment rather than having to assess against criteria relating to teaching. For me, this is directly linking cause and effect rather than trying to match them.
- “improve the moderation regime to ensure that teacher assessments are more consistent.”
I’m not sure the reforms will cause improvement…
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