Once a term formal summative assessment in reading and math occurs. These tests are based upon the Rising Stars assessment package and feed formatively into future planning and identifying gaps in the children’s learning.
National Tests and Phonics Test
National Tests are administered nationally during the summer term and are designed to provide a standardised measure known as a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 is the national expectation and a score of 110 or more would be evidence that the children are working at greater depth within that area of learning.
Children are assessed in English (reading, writing, and spelling) and Mathematics. Teacher assessments are made for Science. Their tests are marked in school.
Children are assessed in Reading, Spelling and Grammar and Maths. These tests are marked externally.
The National Tests are formal pencil-and-paper tests used to measure if children have reached age expected ability in knowledge, skills and apptitude. Each child is assessed by the class teacher before the tests. Small variations in the year groups (for example a larger number of special needs children, or children joining the school in Years 5 or 6) can result in large percentage variation in National Test result’s year by year. It is always worth trying to understand these variations. Variation in results does not always mean variation in teaching, learning expectations or standards.