Assessment Policy

Rationale

At Theresa Nuzzo School we believe that assessment provides the basis of informed teaching, helping pupils to overcome difficulties and ensuring that teaching builds upon what has been learned. It is also the means by which pupils understand what they have achieved and what they need to work on.

Formative assessment creates a positive learning environment where children can see the steps necessary for their own success. It enables teachers to set appropriate work at the level necessary for the children’s continuing progress.

Summative assessment is important for acquiring more information regarding a child’s attainment and progress.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of this policy are:

Types of assessment

At Theresa Nuzzo School, we use a combination of formative and summative assessment as outlined below:

Formative Assessment (Assessment for Learning – AFL)

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Based on the above, our mission is to provide an environment for holistic learning and growth which caters for the progress and attainment of each child; and that assessment should be in line with this premise, namely through a balance between formative and summative assessment.

Summative Assessment (Assessment of Learning-AOL)

Assessment and Reporting in the Infant Years – Years 1,2,3

Reports to parents twice yearly
Parents’ Day twice a year.

Grades 2 & 3
– Assessment of reading skills at the beginning of the scholastic year.
– Ongoing assessment for core subjects. Report given to parents every Term.

Assessment and Recording in the Junior Years – Years 4,5,6

Homework

Homework is an integral part of school’s education offer. It is an expectation and a requirement. The homework set should provide pupils with the experience of working independently without immediate access to the teacher. It should consolidate and extend work covered in school and develop in our pupils a positive attitude to private study.

Objectives of homework:

Teachers’ Duties:

Parents’/Guardians’ Duties:

Marking Guidance

The guidance on marking forms part of the whole school policy for assessment and is directly linked to curriculum planning. The school is committed to using formative assessment, through assessment for learning, and uses focused marking as the principle method for providing feedback to children in order to raise standards of attainment.

Formative assessment is based on the principle that in order to make good progress, pupils need to be clear about the next steps in learning.

Teachers use focused marking to assess children’s progress in relation to planned learning objectives and to identify children’s strengths and gaps in their skills/knowledge. Next steps should be shared with the child, in an age-appropriate way, in order to provide feedback to the child about where they are, in relation to this aim and the steps necessary to achieve the aim.

This information is used to inform planning for subsequent lessons and to facilitate the setting of appropriate targets for the class, group or individual. Grouping should be flexible in order for teachers to effectively address the needs of children with similar gaps in learning. E.g. Guided reading.

When necessary, teachers should write a comment on the children’s work in literacy and maths.

The school recognises that the best way to communicate next steps is through verbal feedback given directly to the child by the teacher.

Children should be given the opportunity to look at and respond to the teacher’s comments in an-age-appropriate way.

Focussed marking of children’s writing should relate to either the specific learning objective (communicated through ‘I can…’ statements), or the next step target for each child.

Teachers do not correct every mistake in a piece of written work, as this can be overwhelming for children and will rarely lead to an improvement.

The main purpose for marking maths work is to identify whether children have grasped a mathematical concept or method and to assess the steps needed to enable them to make further progress.

The school acknowledges that there is a role for testing; however teachers ensure that test results are fed back to children individually and sensitively. Teachers are however encouraged to provide information to children on whether the mark achieved is an improvement on previous attainment. The teachers are to show the children the test paper.

Self Assessment

Teachers should provide regular opportunities for children to assess their own work and the learning of their peers. This supports children to be actively involved in their learning and to be able to identify their own targets for improvement. This may include:

The following are the marking symbols that can be used with the infant classes (Grades 1,2,3):

☺ Very Good
😐 OK
🙁 Needs to improve

U = usually
S = sometimes
A = always

Traffic lights:
RED – hard
AMBER – not so bad
GREEN – OK

+ Good Work
? Can you make it clear?

Portfolio (box file or plastic folder) – if the child feels that a piece of work is satisfactory, they can collect their one-off piece of work (also an accumulation of work to see their progress and development) throughout the scholastic year.

 

Updated September 2017

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