Assessing Children’s Progress – A Guide for Parents and Carers

Education Scotland have recently produced a new document “Assessing Children’s Progress”.

Please click here to download a PDF copy of the document.

This document is a guide for parents and carers; it describes and explains the Scottish Government’s strategy to introduce a consistent set of standardised assessments to determine pupil progress in Literacy (reading, writing, talking, listening) and Numeracy (working with numbers) at stages P1, P4, P7 and S3.

Almost all of our pupils are already used to undertaking standardised assessments in the primary schools of our learning community.  In Balfron High School, our pupils routinely use a number of assessment types to demonstrate their learning.  Class teachers are skilled in using all forms of assessment to inform and support learner progress. We anticipate that the use of an online standardised assessment should further enhance this understanding within the national context.

The attached guide is quite clearly written.  The points below summarise the implications for pupils at Balfron High School:

  1. Pupils in S3 only will sit new Standardised Assessments.  The first cohort to do so will be the S3 of session 2017/18 (i.e. the current S2).
  2. There will be new assessments for Literacy (reading, writing, talking, listening) and Numeracy (working with numbers).
  3. The assessments are completed on a computer, online.
  4. Assessments are computer adaptive, meaning that the questions will get easier if the pupil is struggling and harder if the pupil finds the questions too easy.
  5. Each assessment will last a maximum of 50 minutes (1 period)
  6. A schedule of S3 assessments will be planned and shared with parents in advance for information.  It is likely that these will take place in the spring of 2018.
  7. Outcomes from assessments will be shared with parents, as part of the regular reporting schedule.

I trust that this information is useful to you.  If there are additional updates to this information, I will also share this with you.

Kind regards, Phil Slavin, Depute Head Teacher

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