Using Assessment and Pupil Data to Raise Standards in Teaching and Learning (March 2001)

Using Assessment and Pupil Data to Raise Standards in Teaching and Learning

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How to make effective use of assessment and pupil data to gain an understanding of the progress pupils make and how to improve our practice.

Two Mile Ash School is a middle deemed primary school (8-12yrs) with approximately 700 pupils on roll. The school wanted to make effective use of assessment and pupil data in order to obtain an accurate picture of the pupils' progress and to identify ways in which to improve practice. The school wanted to use assessment and pupil data as one strand of a detailed Monitoring and Evaluation programme to facilitate overall school improvement. This project was set up using Assessment Manager software and involved all year groups.

The school found standards have risen steadily and significantly since the beginning of the initiative. Through the use of ICT, analysis of pupil data became a simple process, saving teachers’ time. Using data diagnostically enabled the teachers to target teaching resources towards the needs of both the individual and the cohort. Tracking progress made by different groups, year on year, enabled the teachers to set realistic targets.

The pupil data encouraged meaningful and focused dialogue between teachers, parents and pupils about the progress of the whole child while the use of assessment and pupil data led to raised expectation, consistency of practice and a sense of collective accountability about children’s progress.

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Capita Educational Services with reference to Assessment Manager software (01234 838080)

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assessment, pupil data, school improvement