Category: Advanced

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An Easy Way to Calculate a Pupil’s Levels of Progress from KS2 to KS4 with SIMS

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 as the main metric for judging the progress made by secondary school pupils. Over the last 12 months I’ve been in several secondary schools where...

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Analysing Data for KS1 to KS3

Although you can create a lot of useful data analysis just using a simple marksheet, SIMS Assessment Manager also provides a range of analysis and tracking tools to create even more powerful analyses. Here’s a useful analysis (with my comments in red): The grid shows the progress made by our year 5 pupils term-by-term since key stage 1. the Attainment column shows us the APS of the group, term by term the Target column shows...

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Top Tips: Creating a Secondary School Assessment System

I’ve just finished designing KS3 and KS4 systems for a couple of secondary schools. By their very nature they are big, complex beasts, so here’s my top tips: You’ll need help. Most secondary school systems are complex, so don’t try and do it all on your own. If you are doing it alone, expect to produce no more than 3 or 4 marksheets per day – and remember a typical school will offer 15-20 subjects...

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Measuring Progress from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Whatever the new EYFS framework from September 2012 looks like (and ‘meeting’, ‘exceeding’ and ’emerging’ seem to be the new buzzwords) one thing is for sure: schools will still need to measure progress from the old-style 0-9 scores for some time to come. Well, at least until the current reception finish keystage 2! Primary schools, especially schools with ‘satisfactory’ results at KS2 are under huge pressure to prove that their pupils make lots of progress...

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KS2 – KS4 Expected Progress Measures

Photo Credit: josef.stuefer via Compfight Some time ago I published instructions to help schools using Assessment Manager to calculate if their pupils were making acceptable progress between KS2 and KS4 based on the DfE guidance. Recently, @vikpaw emailed me a much more elegant method for using Assessment Manager to indicate the pupils who are (or are not) making expected progress. Here’s the resulting marksheet:   Here’s my summary of the DfE rules for expected progress:...

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Highlighting Pupils Who Have Made Three Levels Progress KS2 to KS4

Note: as of February 2012 I published a much simpler method for calculating expected progress KS2 – KS4. I’ll keep this post available because it does show several techniques that are useful elsewhere. Recently several schools have approached me asking if it’s possible to identify the pupils who are expected to make 3 whole levels of progress between KS2 and KS4. It’s not easy within SIMS Assessment Manager, but it is possible, as I hope...

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12 Point ‘On Track’ Analysis Marksheets

I’ve been working with a few schools recently to develop a set of marksheets that we’ve called ’12 Point On-Track’ marksheets. The aim of these marksheets is to highlight KS2 pupils who are not making the expected progress to 12 points. You can see an example of this kind of marksheet above. The marksheets work on the basis of pupil having to reach a given threshold to be considered as ‘on track’ to attain 12...

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Key Stage 1 Target Setting using Assessment Manager

When I’m in primary schools I spend a long time discussing ways of setting targets for Key Stage 1 (KS1). Why? Because there’s no national guidance available for schools to suggest how they should move from a foundation stage score (0 to 9) to a national curriculum sublevel target. Indeed, the advice from any good early years professional will (very correctly) be that there is no correlation between what a pupil attained in the foundation...