Assessment

Statutory National Assessments

Statutory National Assessments are carried out at the three phases of the primary structure:

  • Phonics Testing in Year 1 (children who have not met the standards in Y1 are retested in Y2)
  • End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2, age 6-7)
  • End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6 age 10-11)

From Summer 2016, there will be more challenging SATs tests to reflect the new curriculum at the end of the Key Stages. Children will now receive a scaled score instead of a level. Their raw score - the actual number of marks they accrue - will be translated into a scaled score; this helps to allow for differences in the difficulty of the tests from year to year so that pupils' results can be compared accurately. You will be told your child's raw score, scaled score and whether they have reached the national standard for that subject. The score that equates to the national standard has yet to be announced.

More information about end of Key Stage tests can be found by clicking the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/standards-and-testing-agency

The schoolrun.com

http://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-school-grading-system-explained-for-parents

Assessments without levels (AWL)

The old system of levels used to report children’s attainment and progress has been removed as part of the reforms of the National Curriculum. At present, this has not been replaced by a National system. By removing levels, teachers are afforded greater flexibility in the way they plan and assess pupils’ learning. Schools are now expected to:

  • design a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches the content of the programmes of study within the new National Curriculum (NC)
  • include an assessment system within the curriculum which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents

At Christ Church, we track and monitor progress and attainment against age related expectations for the core National Curriculum subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics which are assessed on a half termly basis.

The following scale is used by teachers to assess children against age related expectations:

  • B - beginning of year band
  • W - within year band
  • S – secure within year band
  • S+ – Greater Depth / Mastery  

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