This article first appeared in my newsletter back in December 2014. You can subscribe to the next edition here.
The strength of assessment manager has always been in recording summative (end of term, end of year, end of key stage) assessments. Where it has been less strong is in recording … Continue reading →
My previous blog article on how to calculate levels of progress using SIMS is one of the most visited pages on this entire site, so it's clearly a very common task for data managers in secondary schools. As with many SIMS tasks, there is more than one way to accomplish the same task so I thought I … Continue reading →
This article was first published in December in my termly SIMS assessment newsletter which you can sign up for here.
What Is Everybody Else Doing?
I've visited lots of schools since September and almost every school has asked me this question quite early on during our meetings. Assessment without … Continue reading →
For many secondary schools the most pressing issues currently are the introduction of new GCSE grade format and the new Performance 8 measure of school performance. I've blogged about using SIMS to record Performance 8 and new GCSE grades previously. Suprisingly, relatively few secondary schools … Continue reading →
I've spent the majority of this academic year helping primary and secondary schools design their new assessment systems. Needless to say, the removal of levels has left most school unsure of how best to replace the previous flawed but very well understood system. After working with 15 and more … Continue reading →
As readers of my other blog (assessmentwithoutlevels.com) will be aware, I'm working with an increasing number of schools to create assessment systems that don't rely on levels and sublevels. Here's the latest in a set of small demo systems that exist as a sort of 'proof of concept' for the … Continue reading →
I was recently asked to provide some design considerations for a primary who are just starting to use SIMS assessment manager for their assessment data tracking. Here are the questions I usually ask primary schools who are creating an assessment system for the first time.
Before we start, I'm … Continue reading →
Over the summer months I'm sure many SIMS Assessment Manager users in secondary schools will be grappling with the new GCSE grades and also with the new Progress 8 measure. The immediate problem for many schools will be 'how do we move from the old A*-G grades to the new GCSE grades 1-8. Luckily … Continue reading →
With the start of the new primary curriculum just round the corner many schools are holding off making major changes to their assessment systems, preferring instead to maintain their current system based on familiar national curriculum levels.
Nevertheless, schools must eventually embrace the … Continue reading →
The Dfe have released the 'missing link' for calculating school Progress 8: the table that maps each possible KS2 decimal fine grade score to the 2013 attainment 8 estimates.
As I mentioned in previous posts, ASCL and FFT recommend that schools only use this table with extreme caution. The … Continue reading →
In June 2014 I attended a Progress 8 update hosted by Duncan Baldwin of ASCL and Mike Treadaway from the FFT. This is my précis of their presentation. It is intended for users of SIMS Assessment Manager who need to understand the principles behind the new measure. I'm not a curriculum expert, … Continue reading →
Back in October 2013 (pdf), updated in January 2014 (pdf) and again in March 2014 (pdf), the government published the details for the new Attainment 8 measure. Although we still don't know exactly how the related Performance 8 measure will be calculated, we do know that it will be based on … Continue reading →
Over the last term I've seen a important change in the way many schools measure progress, perhaps as a result of the new emphasis from OFSTED. Most schools measure progress since the previous key stage. For example senior managers in many schools now expect their pupils to make at least 12 points … Continue reading →
With OFSTED now focusing on the progress pupils make between KS2 and KS4 it's more important than ever that schools have a very clear idea exactly how much progress both individual pupils and the various groups within school are making. Currently, Ofsted are using levels of progress from KS2 to KS4 … Continue reading →
According to a recent survey conducted by Capita SIMS, almost a third of schools have been unable to provide an Ofsted inspector with specific pupil data.
Many schools are still using paper-based methods to track the progress of individuals or groups of students despite changes to the Ofsted … Continue reading →
Earlier this week I was asked by a school if SIMS could create a transition matrices to show expected progress between KS2 and KS4. A lot of secondary schools have asked about this, which is also referred to as 'three levels progress'. Here's the video demonstration I created:
1. … Continue reading →
Last week was BETT week - the annual education technology exhibition in London's ExCeL. It gives education suppliers a global stage on which to launch their new products. I visited on Thursday and Friday with a special interest in the new develops that Capita SIMS were showcasing.
The New … Continue reading →
Update: In the original version of this post I said that secondary schools would have to wait until spring 2014 for their version. I was wrong! Secondary schools can print a version of the school report that includes all the metric for 5+A*-C EM, P8 and A8 measures.
One feature that I've been … Continue reading →