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Formative Assessment using SIMS

Why everything I thought I knew about assessment was wrong. Perhaps without noticing, the last few months have seen a massive shift in the assessment paradigm that held sway in most schools until the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014. With the new curriculum came the removal of the previous levels-based system. It has been replaced with nothing and schools are free to develop their own systems. I now realise that I was addicted to...

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Another Easy Way to Calculate Levels of Progress in SIMS

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 would share an alternative technique. Check your KS2 and KS4 Data Identify the aspect and result set combination...

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Using SIMS to Convert to New GCSE Grades 1-8

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 SIMS Assessment Manager provides us with the flexibility and configurability to cope. I’ve blogged previously about using grade sets to convert grades...

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Attainment 8: Calculating the New Measure

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 difference between your school’s Attainment 8 and the national average Attainment 8 measure. Reading the DfE’s documents above makes the calculation sound complex and confusing, but it...

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Assessment Manager Enhancements Summer and Autumn 2014

Last week, I attended an update from Capita’s assessment product manager, Rachael Marshman. Most of the assessment ‘gurus’ in the room were very impressed by  capita’s commitment to developing Assessment Manager. Indeed, news of the following new feature felt like an early Christmas present for most of the people in the room: Aspect substitution within templates. If you have ever designed and implemented a system using assessment manager you’ll be aware that SIMS requires us...

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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:...