Assessment Principles - September 2014

The principles for Assessment at Hillary Primary school are:-

1. Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning.
a. Assessment provides evidence to guide teaching and learning.
b. Assessment provides the opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and review their progress.

2. Assessment is fair.
Assessment is inclusive of all abilities.

3. Assessment is honest.
a. Assessment outcomes are conveyed in an open, honest and transparent way to assist pupils with their learning.
b. Assessment judgements are moderated by experienced professionals to ensure their accuracy.

4.Assessment is ambitious.
a. Assessment places achievement in context against nationally standardised criteria and expected standards.
b. Assessment embodies, through objective criteria, a pathway of progress and development for every child.
Assessment objectives set high expectations for learners.

5. Assessment is appropriate.
a. The purpose of any assessment process should be clearly stated.
b. Conclusions regarding pupil achievement are valid when the assessment method is appropriate (to age, to the task and to the desired feedback information).
c. Assessment should draw on a wide range of evidence to provide a complete picture of pupil achievement.
Assessment should demand no more procedures or records than are practically required to allow pupils, their parents and teachers to plan future learning.

6. Assessment is consistent.
a. Judgements are formed according to common principles.
b. The results are readily understandable by third parties.
A school’s results are capable of comparison with other schools, both locally and nationally.

7.Assessment outcomes provide meaningful and understandable information for:
a.  pupils in developing their learning;
b.  parents in supporting children with their learning;
teachers in planning teaching and learning.

8. Assessment feedback should inspire greater effort and a belief that, through hard work and practice, more can be achieved.