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Assessment of pupil’s attainment and progress is directly linked to the curriculum followed by our school and evaluates pupils’ knowledge and understanding of subject requirements. Assessment is used to ensure that all pupils make appropriate progress.

 

There are three main types of assessment used at St. Joseph’s:

 

Formative Assessment

This is used by our teachers to evaluate pupils’ knowledge and understanding on a day-to-day basis and to tailor teaching accordingly.

 

Summative assessment

This is used to evaluate how much a pupil has learned at the end of a teaching period (end of a Unit/Topic, term or academic year).

 

Nationally Standardised Summative Assessment

This is used by the Government to hold schools to account and to provide information on how pupils are performing in comparison to pupils nationally.

 

 

Procedures – Formative and Summative Assessment

 

Day-to-Day Formative Assessments

This type of assessment is embedded across all lessons.  Teachers assess pupils’ understanding of a topic and identify where there are gaps. This tells the teacher what to focus on in future lessons and prompts them to adapt their teaching approach to improve pupils’ understanding.

 

Tracking Pupil Progress

Teachers record ongoing assessments of pupils’ knowledge and understanding of curriculum objectives in their Markbooks on Classroom Monitor (our online tracking program). This is done using the following terminology:

 

Assessment Character

Description

Weight

U

Unassessed (the curriculum objective hasn’t been taught)

0

T

Target (the learning objective has been taught but it is a target)

0

A

Almost achieved (the child needs more practice applying their knowledge)

0.5

M

Met (the child has mastered the learning objective – see below)

0.9

E

Exceeding (the child has demonstrated that they can apply the skill/knowledge in a range of different contexts)

1

Curriculum objectives are recorded as ‘Met’ only when a child has mastered it. In order to master an objective children must:

 

  • Be taught the learning objective
  • Practise it
  • Apply it
  • Be able to apply it successfully in a different context

 

Summative Scores

As teachers make their ongoing assessments of a pupil’s knowledge and understanding of individual learning objectives, Classroom Monitor generates a summative score by taking into account the percentage of the markbook achieved (where ‘achieved’ takes into account all of the weighted assessments as shown in the table above). Percentage boundaries, called ‘thresholds’ determine the percentage of the markbook needed to be achieved to trigger each score:

Score

Threshold

% of Markbook achieved

Exceeding

92.5%

92.5 to 110% (i.e until 10% of the stage above is achieved)

Expected

85%

85 to 92.4%

Developing+

65%

65 to 84.9%

Developing

45%

45 to 64.9%

Emerging+

27.5%

27.5 to 44.9%

Emerging

10%

10 to 27.4%

 

All subjects except for Come and See and PE are assessed using Classroom Monitor.