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Analysis of the relationships between teacher assessment and test scores at KS1

By James Pembroke / June 30, 2016 / 5 Comments

This study stems from a request sent to Gloucestershire primary schools, asking for key stage 1 test scores alongside pupils’ teacher assessments with the aim of ascertaining the average and range of scores for the three main teacher assessment bands: working towards the expected standard (WTS), working at the expected standard (EXS), and working at…

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The Progress Myth (revisited)

By James Pembroke / June 22, 2016 / 3 Comments

As another story filters through of a headteacher wasting their time making up progress data because their system doesn’t produce data in a format that is acceptable to the consultant carrying out a school review, I thought i’d revisit the issue of progress calculations based on tracking data. I could rant about this all day…

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Drop the Data Drop

By James Pembroke / June 20, 2016 / 2 Comments

If there is one phrase that exposes the true nature of data in a school it is ‘data drop’. That termly data collection window, which opens 3 to 6 times per year and causes fear, consternation and resentment amongst teachers. The data drop is indicative of a system that revolves around an accountability cycle –…

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The ticking time bomb of KS2 VA

By James Pembroke / June 6, 2016 / 5 Comments

I guess you could call it 2020 vision. This issue of calculating KS2 VA in 2020 has been bugging me for some time, ever since I discovered that the DfE would not be collecting KS1 test scores this year, just the teacher assessments. I found this decision rather odd: why go to the bother of…

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