Need a tracking tool which will cope with assessment without levels?
The new Online Primary Progress toolkit is simple to use and can be tailored to work in the way you want ...
The system provides a tracking tool for the new statement-based National Curriculum, for Key Stages 1 and 2. Our design aim is to make it very easy to use and flexible enough to meet your precise needs.
Initially the system contains all the statements from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in English, Mathematics and Science, but the powerful statement editor will make it easy to adapt to different schemes, such as the NAHT model framework.
At its core is the ability to assess pupils over time at:
> Statement level [e.g. count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000]
> Topic level [e.g. Number and Place Value]
> Overall subject level [e.g. Mathematics]
You can choose which level(s) to make your assessments at, what assessment scale(s) to use and the frequency of assessment. If you assess at statement level then the toolkit will calculate the topic and subject scores for you; if you don't plan to tick off individual statements but assess at topic level, then the toolkit will calculate an overall subject score. You will be able to edit these calculated scores, if you wish, or alternatively, switch off the toolkit calculations altogether and enter your own best-fit topic and subject judgements or just an overall subject assessment.
The default system, which will be set up in the online toolkit, is to assess at the statement level with a simple tick. Topic and overall subject scores are then calculated by counting the number of statements achieved and expressing that as a proportion of the total expected. The scores are displayed using a decimal number scale [0 to 10] which incorporates both the year of study and the statement proportion. For example, 4.0 represents a Y4 pupil starting the Year 4 curriculum in September, with the expectation that their score would be 5.0 or higher by the Summer, indicating 'ready for Y5'. Alternative systems can be set up on request; it should even be possible to translate the proportions into the old National Curriculum assessment scale with 'Levels' 2A, 2B etc.
All assessments (at statement, topic and subject level) will be date-stamped by the system, so that results can be analysed half-termly, termly or yearly, according to your specification, or indeed attainment viewed at any given date and progress calculated between any two dates.
Reporting of attainment and progress is available for the whole school, year-group, class and individual pupil, both as tables and graphs, with the ability to filter groups in the usual way (gender, Pupil premium, SEN etc). We also plan to provide a simple do-it-yourself reporting tool, which will enable you to design reports to your own specification, if the built-in reports don't meet your needs.
Built into the assessment scales will be an 'expected score', which will be available for comparison. With regard to setting individual pupil targets, we think this can best be done by setting the target as a percentage of the expected total of statements for the year or term, or as an overall best-fit judgement at topic or subject level.
If you want further details or to know when you will be able to test the system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org