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:
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In June I attended the SIMS annual conference and one of this year's major themes was 'assessment without levels'. The two-day conference provided lots of opportunities to discuss the impact of the removal of levels from the national curriculum and over the next few weeks I'll be blogging … Continue reading →