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Assessment Policy

VICTORIA PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

Assessment Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Victoria Park Primary

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Assessment Policy

Updated 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Park Primary School

January 2018

Assessment Policy

 

Policy Statement

 

Teachers at Victoria Park Primary School recognise that systematic and continuous assessment is an integral part of the learning and teaching process. We comply with statutory assessment requirements and agreed internal indicators to ensure progress, continuity and progression for each pupil: We celebrate each child’s strengths and successes with respect of the attainment targets and statements of attainment set out in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. We involve pupils in their own learning and encourage them to reflect on their achievement and have high personal expectations. We ensure that we keep all relevant parties informed of progress and statutory tests results by complementing ongoing parental discussion with interviews, examples of best work and pupil profile at the end of the year.

 

What is assessment?

 

Assessment is a general term that refers to the ways in which pupils or groups of individuals are appraised. It may involve a broad appraisal including many sources of evidence and aspects of pupil knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes on a particular occasion or test. An assessment may be formal (standardised or statutory) or informal for producing information about pupils e.g. a class test, quiz or a practical activity.

 

Why do we assess?

 

Diagnostic

So that we can recognise the strengths and weaknesses of pupils and take appropriate steps.

 

Formative

To identify pupils achievement and plan the next steps.

 

Summative

So that overall achievements of pupils may be recorded in a systematic way and at a particular time e.g. end of year reporting to parents, records of achievement or pupil profiles.

 

Evaluative

So that the information gained about pupil achievement informs curriculum development, planning resource decisions and target setting.

 

 

How do we assess?

 

The achievement of pupils is monitored through:

Systematic teacher observation.

Teacher interaction with groups or individuals.

Written work – class work, test or IT.

Pupil self-assessment.

Pupil level tracking.

 

Statutory Requirements

 

Pupil assessment at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2.

 

Pupils are assessed in Year 4 and Year 7 to provide an end of Key Stage level for numeracy and literacy. ICT will become statutory in September 2016.

 

Non-Statutory Requirements

 

Standardised Tests

Class teachers administer standardised tests in early Spring. They are analysed to:

  • Identify strengths and areas of weakness.

  • Identify areas of class learning that need improvement.

  • Identify children who may have learning difficulties.

  • Select ability groups, including amber groups.

  • Identify children who may be underachieving.

  • Inform planning.

  • Set class, group or individual targets.

  • Track children’s performance across year groups.

 

Standardised Tests 2017/18

 

Year Group

Numeracy

Literacy

Non-Verbal

Pass

P1

 

 

Bury Infant Check

 

P2

 

Reading NOW

 

 

P3

PTM 7

PTE 7

CAT 4 Pre – Level A

Pass 1

P4

PTM 8

PTE 8

CAT 4A

Pass 2

P5

PTM 9

PTE 9

CAT 4A

Pass 2

P6

PTM10

PTE 10

CAT 4B

Pass 2

P7

PTM 11

PTE 11

CAT 4C

Pass 2

 

Results are kept on Assessment Manager on Sims.net, and in a folder in Central Resources.

Pupil Tracking

 

Pupil levels for Literacy, Numeracy and ICT are assessed three times a year and recorded on a class teaching sheet.

 

Underachieving Children

 

Children who have been identified as underachieving, that is scoring a differential of ten or more below their NRIT score or Cat 4 in either PTM or PTE, will be provided with an individual plan.

 

Pupil Samples of Work

 

Three samples of writing and problem solving are collected and levelled for each child, during the year. Teachers will complete a pupil transfer form to provide up to date information on that child. The school uses the CEFR to assess the pupils as appropriate. Assessment tasks are completed in IT each term and saved in the Public Library.

 

Marking

 

See schools marking policy.

 

End of Term Evaluations

 

Teachers evaluate their topics at the end of each term. This evaluation of learning outcomes is used to inform future planning.

 

Additional Assessment Materials

 

The school is currently piloting the following assessments:

  • Alpha to Omega

Dyslexia portfolio to be used with children who have a large differential in IQ/English score or teacher concerned with the possibility of dyslexia.

  • Phab 2 Battery

    Will provide extra information as required.

  • Working Memory Rating Scale

  • WRIT - Used to address queries regarding non-verbal reasoning score.

 

 

 

 

Assessment for Learning

 

Teachers at Victoria Park Primary School recognise that an important attribute for all learners is the ability to recognise their own achievements. Without this, learning is always dependent on someone else’s view. Pupils are encouraged to become independent learners who are able to judge their own learning needs and set targets for themselves.

 

Opportunities for self-assessment in the classroom arise in a number of ways.

 

  1. Where appropriate, pupil marking own work as it is completed, with the pupil adding their own evaluative comments.
  2. End of topic reflective reviews.
  3. Peer assessment.
  4. Reflection on success criteria.
  5. Self-evaluation prompts on display or in work books (see C2k).
  6. Traffic light system for younger children.

 

Self-Assessment is facilitated when teachers ensure that –

 

  1. Lesson objectives and success criteria are made clear to pupils.
  2. Learning intentions are shared with pupils.
  3. Pupils are encouraged to talk about their work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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