Assessment at RJS
From September 2014, all schools in England teach and assess using the New National Curriculum. This removes the old ‘level’ format and introduces the idea of ‘age related expectations’. Children are assessed against the end of year expectations, against their year group in Reading, Writing, Grammar, Science and the Foundation Subjects.
In Year 6, our children complete the end of Key Stage 2 assessments – often referred to as SATs. This assesses our children’s Maths (Arithmetic and Problem Solving skills), Reading and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) skills, alongside teacher assessed writing (which is also moderated by Derbyshire County Council). At the end of KS2, children are awarded a ‘grade’ – Below Key Stage expectations (B, PKF etc.), Working towards the expected standard (WTS), Meeting the Expected Standard (EXS) or Working at a greater depth within the expected standard (GDS).
As children work their way through school, we will assess our children’s progress, using the Eazmag Online System. Children are assessed using the following statements:
Each of these 'stages' are split further into three sections: A, B and C. 'C. represents a child just entering this statement (for example they are starting to work on the year group's expected tasks) and 'A' means children are secure within this statement (they are able to complete the year group's expected tasks). These statements are developed using the 2014 National Curriculum programme of study (POS).
Children are expected to make 6 points progress per year: If they leave a year at EXA, they should leave the next year at EXA ot if they leave a year group working at GDB, they should leave the next year at GDB too. Children make more than expected progress if they move into the next set of statements - i.e from EXB to EXA or EXA to GDC. If a child is in danger of not making expected progress, intervention and boosters are put into place, as highlighted on the year group provision map.
By the end of each academic year, children should reach ‘secure’ in their learning, meaning they have a good grasp of key objectives within their year group, and will be in good stead for the objectives within the next school year.
If a child does not arrive at RJS meeting Age Related Expectations (ARE), it is our aim to accelerate the progress, ensuring that by the end of KS2 they are meeting ARE.