10 new things about KS2 assessment

I have no idea who at the DfE thought that the best time to share information about Ks2 assessment was 2 o’clock on a Friday afternoon via a ‘Webinar’, but thankfully they did at least have the wisdom to make the video available after the event.

Alongside plenty of cover for on-going delay, there were a few key points that were either confirmed or announced via the Webinar, as well as a few changes from what had previously been expected. I tweeted 10 as I watched the video, and present them here to you now

Michael (sitting through DfE videos, so you don’t have to!)


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15 thoughts on “10 new things about KS2 assessment

  1. Kate Cameron 23 November 2015 at 10:28 pm Reply

    Is the webinar still available? Please can you post the link if so. (My life is just not exciting enough!)

    • Michael Tidd 23 November 2015 at 10:32 pm Reply

      Haha – it’s the link that’s posted in 9 out of the 10 Tweets 🙂

      • Kate Cameron 24 November 2015 at 9:08 pm Reply

        Doh! Sorry. Just been watching it. Is it me, or is there some confusion at STA about ‘meeting the threshold’ and ‘meeting the standard’? It strikes me that a higher achieving dyslexic pupil might not meet the threshold because they miss out on the spelling element, but if they get enough marks in their raw score, they could be deemed to be meeting the expected standard. This will be very confusing for parents and highlights a real mismatch in what DfE are trying to achieve. The new tests are not threshold tests in that you don’t have to get specific questions correct, anymore than the old tests were.

        • Michael Tidd 24 November 2015 at 9:33 pm

          It’s a confused picture because the GPS test and the Writing Teacher Assessment are not really properly related. So ‘achieving’ one is not directly linked to ‘achieving’ the other.

        • Kate Cameron 24 November 2015 at 10:43 pm

          But the same could be true of the maths, if, say they fail to know all their times tables (I think that’s one of the threshold criteria from memory) or one other element, but get enough marks in the test overall…

        • Michael Tidd 24 November 2015 at 10:43 pm

          Yes, at KS2 the teacher assessment is frankly a token effort

        • Kate Cameron 25 November 2015 at 7:53 am

          Agreed. However, the dilemma is very real for KS1 teachers. I can imagine some very difficult conversations with parents whose children have scored relatively highly in the tests yet have been marked by the teacher as not achieving the standard because of failure to demonstrate one element of the threshold. The problem as I see it is a pedogogical/philosophical discord between threshold standards and the tests as they are designed.

  2. Vicky 23 November 2015 at 10:33 pm Reply

    Michael, thanks very much for this. Can we access the KS1 video that was mentioned in this video?

  3. Vicky 23 November 2015 at 10:45 pm Reply

    😄 Thanks

  4. cazzypot2013 23 November 2015 at 10:48 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  5. Steve Wilderspin 24 November 2015 at 7:59 am Reply

    Isn’t that 9 things? Or have I missed a subtle difference between the first two?

    • Michael Tidd 24 November 2015 at 10:22 am Reply

      Well spotted! Entirely my mistake. I have now corrected the first tweet, rather than posting the 2nd one twice!

  6. Kate Sheraton 24 November 2015 at 10:16 am Reply

    Should we look at the webinar at the end of today – looks like there are some updates we need to include tomorrow.


  7. head 24 November 2015 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Hi Helen- I promise I don’t send all these but some important information contained within his blog/tweets



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