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Assessment includes reliable judgements about how learners are doing related to national standards

  • Linking assessment to national standards is essential:

                        - for consistency within and across schools

                        - for tracking progress

                        - for evaluating impact.

  • Schools’ assessment systems should support teachers and give them opportunities to develop their assessment expertise.

  • High quality teacher assessment is supported by assessing pupils’ progress (APP) guidelines.

National standards are an entitlement for all pupils. These standards ensure that assessment judgements are consistent across and between schools. They enable pupils to track their progress and they provide teachers with a way of evaluating the impact of their teaching. Teachers can develop their confidence and expertise in assessment by sharing and discussing with each other their evidence of pupils' progress. These opportunities to compare evidence will increase the reliability of teachers’ assessment judgements.

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