I attended the LTS Assessment Seminar on 2nd December and received lots of information on assessment which I thought I’d best share here.
We started with an update from the Scottish Government. They’re assuming there will be no change in policy direction as a result of the recent cabinet reshuffle in terms of assessment. The Strategic Vision document was highlighted once again. The two major changes highlighted in this document are the NAR and Moderation. The framework for assessment (Building the Curriculum 5) is due for publication in January 2010. BtC5 is quite a substantial document (as long as BtC3) and elaborates on the points in the Strategic Vision. It was stressed that BtC5 builds on the principles of AifL. There will be a printed copy for every practitioner in Scotland. BtC5 will be accompanied by a 10 page executive summary, a poster with key messages and a Quality Assurance & Moderation Paper. This QA paper provides clear delineation and expectations and outlines roles and responsibilities for schools, local authorities, Scottish Government, LTS & SQA. It was stated that the Government recognises the massive impact of these changes on schools.
In terms on National Qualifications it was stated that it was unreasonable to assume SQA can produce National 4/5’s, new Literacy & Numeracy qualifications and update Access, Higher and Advanced Higher at the same time. Programme is as follows:
- 2012/13 – National Numeracy & Literacy
- 2013/14 – National 4/5 & Access 3 replaces SG Foundation
- 2014/15 – Higher
- 2015/16 – Advanced Higher
There is a commitment to making arrangements available one year before a NQ becomes available.
The Scottish Survey of Achievement is currently under review. Currently trialing Numeracy materials. Report will be published online in February 2010.
A new CfE Management Board Subgroup has been set up to look at S3 Profile, Recognising Achievement & Reporting. National Guidance is due on this by August 2010. There is not an urgency for guidance on the S3 Profile and this may be later.
The final message from the Scottish Government update was that the National Assessment Resource will not be live any earlier than 30th August 2010 and might not be properly populated until September 2010. LTS are investigating how to make some aspects of the NAR available earlier.
The rest of the day was spent on the National Assessment Resource. LTS stressed that progress and achievement in CfE involves breadth of learning, challenge within learning and applying learning in new and unfamiliar situations.
What is the NAR?
- Support for CfE assessment, NQ and national monitoring arrangements.
- Examples of assessment approaches and evidence relating to experiences and outcomes across the curriculum areas, stages and levels.
- Examples and guidance for CPD in assessment.
- Initial focus on literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing across learning.
- Opportunities for professionals to design and contribute to the NAR.
Local Authorities have been asked to identify three establishments to be involved in developing content for the NAR – one early years, one primary and one secondary. Practitioners in these establishments will work with LTS/SQA to develop a package for the NAR focusing on one/two Literacy, Numeracy or Health & Wellbeing Experiences & Outcomes. This will be carried out across Scotland and LTS/SQA will ensure that packages are produced for Literacy, Numeracy & Health & Wellbeing at all levels and in all Curricular Areas.
What should these ‘packages’ look like?
“A documented account of how you got from E&O’s to judgements about how much and how well pupils have learned what was intended.“
- A note of E&O’s in bundle explored
- An account of the learning experiences provided
- Examples of what a few pupils did in response to the experience(s): video/audio/paper/photos/online/multimedia
- Note of the criteria used to evaluate the evidence
- Notes about the features of learning shown by the evidence and proposed feedback to pupils
We’re currently in discussions with three schools who are interested in being involved in this process.
On a final note, I just wanted to highlight the assessment & achievement section of the LTS site which contains lots of information on assessment: