We report pupil progress to our parents in three parents' evenings per year, with one taking place each term. In the summer term, all parents are provided with an end of year report for their child, which details areas of strength and next steps.
Summative and formative assessment
If I had to reduce all of educational psychology to just one principle, I would say this: The most important single factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach him [sic] accordingly." (Ausubel, 1968, p. vi)
When looking at assessment, there are 4 key areas that we need to consider:
A successful assessment system will enable the teacher to understand thoroughly what is expected to be mastered by pupils at any given stage of education, and assess their progress towards doing so in a meaningful and fair way.
A key role of summative assessment is to provide the school with an overview and a method for: monitoring student progress; forecasting student performance or evaluating the effectiveness of teaching.
By using a summative, standardised test, it means that we have a way of interpreting the scores. These tests provide the school with the means for interpreting the data against national age related expectations and can be used to identify individuals or groups.
By having a form of standardisation and an agreed approach to testing, it will help to increase the reliability of assessments. The purpose of the assessment and how the data will be used are important roles for this standardisation.
Summative tests do not provide us with the more granular levels of information i.e how each individual child did in each specific topic.
The other form of assessment – ‘formative’ is used to support diagnosis or make decisions about individual student’s learning at a classroom level. Formative assessment provides teachers with information which will then allow them to be used as feedback to modify teaching and learning activities. These assessments are best when they are easy to implement and offer immediate results that leads to instant intervention or instructional adjustment.
This form of assessment can come in different forms and usually comprises of the following key aspects:
Assessment Procedure and Expectations
Turnham Academy has developed methods of formative assessment which work for their children and the context of the school. It is in line with our approach to learning.