Assessment of children working below the standard of national curriculum tests

This month, the Standards and Testing Agency published the Rochford Review, a report which serves to provides guidance to schools about how to report statutory assessment outcomes for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests at key stages 1 and 2.

The review was established by Nick Gibb this summer to consider how children who have not completed the relevant key stage programme of study, and are therefore working below the standard of statutory test arrangements, have the opportunity to demonstrate attainment and progress at primary school.

The report states: ‘The interim solution developed by the review follows the same principles as the interim teacher assessment frameworks. It creates additional pre-key stage standards for the frameworks which each contain a number of positive ‘pupil can’ statements. These statements reflect the attainment of pupils who have not yet completed the relevant programme of study but have reached the chronological age that requires a statutory assessment outcome to be reported.’

Current P Scale arrangements will stay in place for 2015-2016. However, the review will consider whether P scales remain fit for purpose in the context of the new national curriculum as part of their longer-term recommendations.

Clarification has been provided as to when pupils should sit national curriculum tests and when the interim pre-key stage standards should apply.

To read the report, click here.


key stage 1, key stage 2, statutory tests

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