Assessment and Reporting in KS3

Principles

1.    To accurately represent the progress of all students against an ‘expected’ measure

2.    To enable students to identify the skills they need to improve to support raising achievement

3.    To align KS3 assessment with the reformed KS4 assessment system (grades 1-9)

4.    To report progress to students and parents in a clear and meaningful way, that enables home support in raising achievement

Advantages

·         Support staff in tracking, monitoring and assessing the required skills at KS3 with GCSE specifications, identifying what is required at each stage

·         Provide clarity for students and parents re: likely outcomes

·         Provide the ability profile of each year group and allow benchmarking against national averages

·         Enables benchmarking with schools across the MAT

·         Provide broad whole-school expected threshold outcomes for the year group

Process

1.    KS3 bands to be aligned with expected GCSE outcomes on a ‘flight path’ model from KS2 Outcomes

·         Approximately 20% of GCSE grades in 2017 were grade 7+, therefore the 20th percentile nationally of KS2 scaled scores is the threshold for Mastery.  These students are expected to achieve 7+ grades.

·         Approximately 67% of GCSE grades in 2017 were grade 4+, therefore the 67th percentile nationally of KS2 scaled scores is the threshold for Progressing.  These students are expected to achieve 4+ grades

·         The 20th to 67th percentile is divided equally such that the 43rd percentile nationally of KS2 scaled scores is the threshold for Securing.  These students are expected to achieve 5M+ grades

·         Those at the 68th percentile nationally or lower are place in the ‘Launching’ band.  These students aspire to achieve grade 4’s.

·         Each band is further differentiated to Upper, Middle and Lower.  Students are assigned to a band based on their KS2 scaled score, as per the below

 

Avg. KS2 Scaled Score

Band

Fine Band

Expected GCSE grades

National Proportion

118-120

Mastering

Upper

9

top 20% nationally

115-117

Middle

8

112-114

Lower

7

110-111

Securing

Upper

6

23% nationally

108-109

Middle

6

106-107

Lower

5

104-105

Progressing

Upper

5

24% nationally

102-103

Middle

4

100-101

Lower

4

94-99

Launching

Upper

3

33% nationally

87-93

Middle

2

80-86

Lower

1

See Appendix A for national data to support calculation of thresholds

 

2.    Correlation between subjects and KS2 Scaled Scores

Subjects select the KS2 scaled score that is most closely linked to their subject skills, i.e. English, Maths or the average

Subject

KS2 Scaled Score

English

English

Maths

Maths

Science

Average

Computing

Average

Geography

Average

History

English

MFL

English

Religious Studies

English

Art

Internal baseline assessment used to assign to base band

Drama

DT

Music

PE

Appendix A:  2017 National Data to Calculate Band Thresholds

 

 

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