Comparative Judgement – Now What?


Over the last year we’ve had a lot of fun at Reach Academy using comparative judgement to gain a better picture of how our children in primary are attaining when it comes to writing.

Whereas previously primary school teachers have been tied to vague descriptors, which promote a check-list approach to teaching, comparative judgement has provided us with a much more valid assessment of how good each child’s piece of writing actually is. As we’ve begun to collaborate with other schools, we have also benefited from gaining a better picture of how are children are attaining compared to a wider sample, something that has always been problematic with writing in primary.

In this post I want to address our next step in the comparative judgement journey –  what I call the ‘Now what?’ problem. Yes, CJ is quicker. Yes, it’s more reliable. Yes, it gives you a more valid picture of…

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