Reception Baseline Assessment Announcement

DfE logoThe Department for education announced yesterday that it is introducing a baseline assessment in reception year. From 2016, the reception baseline assessment will be the only measure used to assess the progress of children who enter reception year.

The baseline assessment will score each pupil against the knowledge and understanding typical for children at the start of reception year. It will be linked to the learning and development requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and to the key stage 1 national curriculum in English and mathematics.

Government-funded schools that wish to use the reception baseline assessment from September 2015 should sign up by the end of April. In 2022 the Department for Education will then use whichever measure shows the most progress: your reception baseline to key stage 2 results or your key stage 1 results to key stage 2 results.

From September 2016 schools will only be able to use their reception baseline key stage 2 results to measure progress. If schools choose not to use the reception baseline, from 2023 the DfE will only hold schools to account by their pupils’ attainment at the end of key stage 2.

Independent schools may use the reception baseline but their data will not be collected.

The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) developed the criteria for the baseline assessments and the Department for Education has now announced the list of approved providers for the reception baseline assessment:

These are:

For more information about the new assessment please see the Department for Education’s announcement here.


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