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Calculating KS1 to KS2 Progress Measures UPDATED

You can now use SIMS to calculate the value added for your 2016 and 2017 cohort of Y6 pupils. This article shows how to do, but first, a little background: Primary School Accountability 2016 In September 2016 the DfE outlined how they would measure pupil progress for the pupils who did KS2 tests in 2016. We already knew how attainment would be measured – a scaled score – but the performance measure was new. It...

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How to set up your own programme of study grades

The programme of study marksheets are SIMS version of assessment without levels. Each statement from the national curriculum is available for teachers to assign a grade. Until the autumn 2016 release of SIMS schools have only been able to record their assessment as ’emerging’, ‘developing’, ‘secure’ and ‘mastered’. The autumn 2016 update to SIMS allows flexibility within the programme of study marksheets and schools can now ‘override’ the default grades with their own programme of...

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Calculating KS4 Targets from KS2 Scaled Scores using SIMS

Calculating KS4 targets from KS2 scaled scores is something many schools are starting to consider since the new format KS2 results were published in July. Here’s a video demonstration showing how you can use SIMS Assessment to calculate a KS4 target from a KS2 scaled score. The example is based on the blog post by Peter Atherton in his DataEducator blog. Read the post first, and remember that the targets Peter sets in the post are tailored for...

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Creating a Group Analysis to Show APS Progress

Group Analyses are one of assessment manager’s ‘hidden gems’ – many school never use them and miss out on a very powerful analysis tool. An APS grid will quickly calculate the average point score (APS) of a group of pupils, showing progress term by term. The groups are commonly year groups, but can be pupil premium pupils, SEN or almost any potentially vulnerable group. Here’s an example of an APS group analysis: These grids are...

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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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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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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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Resource to Download: APS Analysis Grids

I wrote earlier about using group analysis grids to calculate the average point score of groups of pupils and hence calculate the APS progress of the group. Here’s a set of analyses that you can download and install. Before you download, a few caveats: The file has been virus checked and zipped up, you’ll need to unzip it before you import it. You’ll need to using Capita’s primary school tracking marksheets. If your marksheets begin...

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Save Time: Use a Group Analysis to Calculate Average Points Score

Photo Credit: Amir Kuckovic via Compfight Many schools are asked to calculate the average points score (APS) of a group of pupils. Schools then need to compare this term’s APS with last term’s APS or, more commonly, the APS of the same group of pupils as they stood at the end of the previous academic year. In Excel, this typically takes hours of careful calculation. Let Assessment Manager do the hard work and you can...

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New for 2012: An Integrated Tracking System for Primary Schools

I’m pleased to announce the release of a new set of SIMS Assessment Manager marksheets aimed at KS1 and KS2. Features: Integrated p-scales, FSP, APS and NC sub levels so you can record the progress of all your pupils. Automatic termly KS2 Targets based on KS1 results (12 points or 14 points) Traffic lights based on progress to termly targets. Generate school ‘expectations’ of KS1 progress based on EYFS results Calculates the point score progress...