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9 things you need to know about writing assessment at KS1 and KS2

Following the DfE’s response to the assessment consultation this September, we asked  English and assessment adviser Shareen Mayers to share her thoughts on the changes to the teacher assessment framework for writing at key stages 1 and 2.

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How preparing for the SATs is like training for a marathon

Thanks to Cerys Hadwin-Owen, Assessment Publisher for RS Assessment for Hodder Education, for the following article.

On the face of it, training for a marathon and preparing for SATs might seem like completely different experiences. However many assessment experts have recognised the similarities between sport and assessment in the past (including Daisy Christodoulou in her latest book). Here at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, we find it really helpful when explaining to schools and teachers how our wide range of assessment resources work together, and amidst the very valid concerns around over-testing that face both primary and secondary schools in the current climate, we feel it’s an analogy worth sharing.

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The launch of RS Assessment from Hodder Education

I’m delighted to be sharing news of an exciting collaboration!
 
Over the years, Rising Stars has become the assessment provider of choice for over 11,500 primary schools, whilst Hodder Education has been providing rigorous tests to schools for over 40 years. This term we are pleased to bring together two of the most trusted names in education to launch RS Assessment from Hodder Education, to make it even easier for you to access the support and resources you need.

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Key Stage 2 SATs results: the national picture

The key stage 2 SATs results are out! And overall, children have performed well - with 8% more children achieving the expected standard nationally in all subjects compared with 2016.
 

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Your Year 5 Reasoning Test from Assessment Bank

It's the penultimate week of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 5 Reasoning Test.Rising Stars Assessment Bank

Download your FREE Year 5 Reasoning Test here.

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Summer Assessment Bank Test Giveaway - Year 4 Grammar

It's week four of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 4 Grammar Homework Sheet, which could also be used as a quick in-class test.

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Your Year 2 Science Test from Assessment Bank

It's week three of our Assessment Bank summer giveaway, and this week we're sharing a FREE Year 2 Science Test. 

Download your FREE Year 2 Science Test here.

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Be rewarded for taking part in our Optional Tests study

We know that many schools want to be able to look at their Optional Tests results and understand how these relate to the scaled scores in the SATs. We've already published National Test Indicators for Optional Tests Set A Years 2 and 6, and this autumn we'll be publishing National Test Indicators for Set B Years 2 and 6.

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Your Year 1 Arithmetic Worksheet from Assessment Bank

Last week, we launched our summer Assessment Bank giveaway with a FREE Year 5 Spelling Test. This week, we're giving you a Year 1 Arithmetic worksheet!

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Computing Assessment Tasks - an invaluable addition to our computing toolkit

Computing terminology that were not part of our vocabulary a couple of years ago are now an integral part of our vocabulary across the curriculum.  However, assessment terms have taken longer to embed for many.

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