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Mathematics assessment guidelines for levels 2 and 3

Mathematics assessment grid containing the assessment guidelines for levels 2 and 3. These grids can be used as part of Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP).


  • Ralph 8.06 pm, 4th February 2009

    Whay are these files in PDF form? They would be useful to highlight, edit and save on on-line for each child if they were in in WORD. Very few of us have access to PDF editors.

  • The National Strategies 2.40 pm, 12th February 2009

    Thank you for your comments. We would always provide a Word/RTF alternative which is used as a template for furnishing by the end user. However, on this occasion it is not appropriate to edit the assessment criteria set by QCA in assessing pupils’ progress, and the published format set by QCA was PDF.

  • janelisaw 2.10 pm, 1st June 2009

    I agree with Ralph that a word version would enable us to store and then maintain assessment records online resulting in our assessment approach being more efficient and effective. We could create an electronic copy of the levels guidelines for children and then highlight objectives online using different colours at different times. This information could be shared electronically across job share staff, across year groups and even schools at transition times - rather than relying on a single paper copy.
    Or we could transpose the information into an excel spreadsheet with names along the side and have a drop down list to quickly mark off obejctives as they are met, we could then quickly produce statistics on which objectives were being/not being met.
    Or on a simple note we could enlarge the font and add a name and date box at the top to make the form more readable/useable.

  • thehawk 10.26 am, 23rd September 2009

    zamzar offers free on-line conversions

  • pacific 11.02 am, 14th June 2010

    Am new to this and have to help develop for school. Have seen references to weighting number and U&A before deciding on a level. Can you please help with a definitive answer -ideally with exact weighting guide.
    Thanks in anticipation

    • The National Strategies 1.21 pm, 16th June 2010

      Thanks for the question. I hope this helps clarify it for you.

      When using APP, you should make an ‘overall best fit level judgment’ – your judgment is more important than the weighting, which is provided as a guide in helping you come to your decision.

      To support you in making an overall judgement, you can use the following information: Attainment Target (AT) 2 has the heaviest weighting with 50% of the overall judgement. AT1 and AT3 are weighted as 20% each and AT4 as 10% of the overall judgement.

      Let us know if that is what you need.

  • pacific 11.45 am, 17th June 2010

    Yes that does, help thank you. I take your point about best fit.
    Can I also ask:
    How much of an overall level do you need to judge as secure?
    Is it true that you need to see evidence 3 times before you can judge a particular bullet point as secure?
    If judging as high, do you need any of the level above to be met?
    What do you do with some low/some secure-is this best fit again, using you teacher knowledge?
    Apologies for bombarding you, but I hear lots of conflicting advice and thought it would be better to ask the source direct.
    Again, thanks in anticipation

    • The National Strategies 11.02 am, 19th July 2010

      Hi there,

      Sorry it's taken a little while to get back to you.

      Judgements for each Attainment Target are refined into 'Low', 'Secure' or 'High' within the level. Look across the Assessment Focuses and decide whether the level is Low, Secure or High:

      • Low, if there is highlighting above and below the line or the evidence is thin
      • Secure, if across the AFs, the criteria for the level are mostly highlighted
      • High, if across the AFs, all criteria for the level highlighted

      A good degree of professional judgement is also needed as there is no exact mathematical formula which has to be applied and professional judgement also applies to when you highlight any bullet as there is no exact formula on how often the children have done it but I would suggest that they can do it in a number of different contexts.

      It’s important to also remember, you are reviewing rather than assessing the work for the first time. Since you have already marked and responded to your pupils’ work, the opportunity to step back at regular intervals enables you to take a broader view of your pupils’ achievements over the whole subject and over a period of time.

  • tnotts 9.46 pm, 1st February 2011

    I have heard that APPs are not compulsory. Is this correct?

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