Assessing Pupil Progress (APP)
Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) is nothing new - many schools have been effectively assessing pupil's progress and using it to inform future learning for a number of years. The Staffordshire Skills Ladder and Staffordshire Skills and Understanding ladder have been used in many schools to support the process.
A legacy of the National Strategy has been the production of some APP in Science materials. Namely the APP Handbook, the Standards files and the Assessment Grids
The use of these APP materials is not statutory. It is up to you as a school to decide whether these materials or elements of these materials will support developing the quality of science learning in your school.
When the APP grids and Staffordshire Skills and Understanding grids were used with the Standards files both gave the same judgement down to the low, secure or high level. Since they are both based on the National level descriptors this is expected. So the choice of what to use is yours!
Do you use them or not?
Some questions to ask..
How well do the children develop their science skills and understanding as they progress through your school? How do you know?
Do the children know how well they are doing? Do the children know how to progress further?
How accurate and accessible is your assessment system?
How effective is your assessment system at improving the quality of learning and teaching?
Are their elements of the APP process that would make it more effective? e.g. moderation meetings, use of Standards Files, use of Assessment Grids to record progress.
How effective is transition in your school? Foundation/ KS1, KS1/KS2, KS2/KS3. Would having the same assessment process support transition?
Understanding the APP Assessment Grid - we have referenced each statement so you can see what it looks like in practice from the Standard's files.
We have highlighted the evidence in the Standard's files so you can see which Assessment Focus (AF) it relates to. See Emma's Standard's File on the right.
Want more of these..
If we do want to implement them- do we do it now or later?
Should you decide to use them you might find the resources on the right hand side useful.
To download the document(s) click the document image(s).
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