Ready for the new Primary curriculum & assessment without levels?
Following extensive consultation with our customers, here’s how we plan to adapt our Primary Progress toolkit to cope with the new Primary curriculum and assessment without levels
A new 'without levels' module will be available online in the autumn, accessible via a browser, which includes via the iPad. We are aiming for maximum flexibility…
Teachers will be able to select a year or class, then a subject and display the appropriate programme of study, so that items which have been achieved can be recorded. This will be very flexible, allowing teachers to record a simple done/not done assessment or multiple states for each item, e.g. not yet taught, taught but not mastered, mastered.
Schools will be able to edit the programmes of study set-up in the toolkit, adding/editing/deleting items. We also plan that schools should be able to store their own curricula, as the basis for assessment.
Data entry will be flexible and fast e.g. enter multiple items for a single pupil or multiple pupils for a single item. It will also be possible for teachers to enter an overall assessment directly, without having to mark off items in the programmes of study.
There will be a flexible scoring system, which, at its simplest, could involve counting all the achieved items in a programme of study and expressing that as a percentage of the items in the year's programme of study. It will also cope with more complex factors, e.g.;
- schools who want to assign a weighting to the more substantial or more important items;
- schools will be able to specify what constitutes acceptable attainment for termly or half termly tracking;
- pupils who are working on programmes of study, which go beyond the current year or lag behind, will have their attainment/progress recorded too;
- finally, schools will be able to relate scores on the new system with their historic data in points and levels, so that they don't lose the value in their historic data.
Results for year, class, and individual pupil, will show the number and percentage of pupils who are above, at or below the expected level of attainment, with an option to display names and to colour code results. Individual pupil results will show which items have been achieved, not yet achieved, or not yet taught.
Schools will also be able to filter results in the usual way e.g. by gender, ethnicity, first language, birthdate, time at school, eligibility for Pupil premium, or by their own school-specified groups.
Finally, the tables of results will be illuminated with graphs which show the number/percentage of pupils who are above, at or below the expected level of attainment, plus progress over time.
Alongside the new online modules, schools will still be able to use the existing toolkit , so that year groups who are still working on the current curriculum/assessment regime (Years 2 and 6 from September 2014) will not be disadvantaged.
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