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Measuring progress in primary school. Do points mean prizes?

When I designed the new School Analytics system I was aware that measuring progress in primary schools was very important to many senior managers. Even in the brave new world of assessment without levels, teachers were telling me that they still needed a measure of progress for the termly (or half termly) summative assessments. So the new system assigns a value to each grade. When the system calculates progress it compares the baseline grade with the most...

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Assessment Without Levels Analysis in SIMS

In the spring Capita released their new programme of study marksheets as their ‘assessment without levels’ solution. In the summer release they included a new set of analysis and reporting routines. Schools who have already adopted the new marksheets, or who are considering their options over the summer term will want to explore these analysis routines closely. Here are some screenshots. Remember, if you are a primary school using SIMS programme of study marksheets, these...

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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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First Look at the New SIMS ‘School Report’

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 asked about many times by schools is a one-click analysis report that lists all the metrics used by RAISE online. Until now,...

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SIMS and the Trinity Mastery Pathway

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 have made any move to replace levels at KS3. This was re-enforced by a recent poll of primary and secondary schools from Capita SIMS suggesting that 28% of schools had made...

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SIMS and the Michael Tidd ‘Key Objectives’ system for KS1 and KS2

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 various new pupil tracking systems which are being developed by schools, LAs and consultancies to respond to the demains of the new primary curriculum 2014. This time...

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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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Recent Trends in Target Setting at KS2

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 of progress between KS1 and KS2. We typically set targets for each year (and frequently for each term) based on the pupils’ KS1...

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Six Ways to Measure Pupil Progress in Primary Schools

With Ofsted putting more emphasis on the progress pupils make between key stages it’s more import than ever that schools have easy access to raw progress data. In this article we’ll have a look at the different definitions of progress and I’ll demonstrate some marksheets that help you calculate this data. 1) Progress Between KS1 and KS2 The DfE minimum target for schools is that pupil should make 2 whole levels of progress between KS1...