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What will happen to assessment?

Writing in a classroomUnder the new primary curriculum, children would be assessed by teacher assessment at the end of Year 2 and by external testing at the end of Year 6, as is currently the case. They would also be teacher-assessed at the end of Year 4 (ie the end of lower KS2).

The assessment criteria currently used (attainment targets and level descriptors, which give rise to the 'levels' that are reported to parents) would not be retained. Instead, the Programmes of Study would make it clear exactly what children should have learned by the end of each key stage, and assessment would be used to show whether or not children had reached these targets and were ready to progress to the next stage.

Performance tables would be based on the proportions of pupils in any cohort having reached the 'ready to progress' level at the end of the key stage.

Some changes to statutory assessment at the end of Year 6 (SATs) will take place from May 2012:

  • Writing will no longer be assessed by externally marked test. Instead a number of pieces of a child's writing will be assessed by teachers and a school's judgements will be moderated locally.
  • From 2013, a separate test for spelling, punctuation and grammar will be introduced.


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Last updated: 3 months ago