NAHT commission on assessing without levels

The school leaders’ union, NAHT, launched a commission to consider the removal of levels and published a report on its findings in February 2014.

You can read a summary of the commission’s recommendations on page 6 of the report (see below). Among the recommendations, NAHT says:

  • All schools should have clear assessment principles and practices to which all staff are committed
  • Pupils should be assessed against objective and agreed criteria rather than ranked against each other
  • Pupil progress and achievement should be communicated in terms of descriptive profiles rather than condensed to numerical summaries, (although schools may wish to use numerical data for internal purposes)
  • External moderation is essential

The report also calls on NAHT to develop a set of model assessment criteria based on the new National Curriculum.

Click here for a copy of the report.

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