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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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4 Ways to Set a Baseline in Assessment Without Levels

Why Summative Baselines Matter When I go into primary schools to create an assessment system one of the main discussion areas is usually progress: how to measure it and, crucially, what baseline to measure it from. With the old sub levels, the starting point for measuring progress during the current academic year was almost always the sub level the pupil achieved at the end of the previous year. But because the new curriculum is based on...

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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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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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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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Graphing Progress in Reading with SIMS Discover

Here’s a simple but useful graph from SIMS Discover. It plots the APS of a single year group over a period of 6 years, term by term (in blue) against  their end of year target (in pink). I’ll publish the instructions for creating your own version of this graph over the next few days but in the meantime I’ve posted the graph as a file you can download and import into your SIMS Discover configuration utility. Before...

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Five Ways to Measure Progress In KS1, KS2 and KS3

Photo Credit: Dia™ via Compfight For many schools the progress that children make during their school career is more important than their attainment at the end of a key stage. This is especially true for schools in challenging areas such as inner cities where many pupils arrive in school with low level skills. They might not all leave school with a top grade, but they will have progressed a long way from their on-entry ‘baseline’....