Outputs for Pupils/Parents
"Without levels, schools can use their own assessment systems to support more informative and productive conversations with pupils and parents."
Primary Assessment Commission Report, Sept 2015
Now that giving a level out provides no consistency for a pupil or parent, what information should we be giving and where can we get the best outputs?
It is important that information given out is for the purpose of sharing achievements and finding the gaps which the pupil can then take some ownership of, and which enables to parents to support the pupil in achieving their next steps.
So what can I share and where can I find it?
The Assessment Summaries are a great place to start; they cover everything from pupil target sheets, which can also be used for interim reporting to parents, through to in depth analysis of pupils' progress suitable for meetings regarding SEND pupils, in particular. They use data from the markbooks, rather than overall summative data, so are a good reflection of ongoing formative assessment.
Online Reporting for Parents also allows you to share judgements from the Assessment Markbooks, including evidence and learning resources to make up a full picture of the learning taking place, and helping parents to support their child(ren). Written reports and attainment scores can also be shared via each parent's personalised portal. Online reporting sessions can be set up to reflect learning that has already taken place or as an ongoing session which updates whenever assessments are saved.
Many schools also use our written reports for parents alongside some of the other outputs. Teachers can create the basis of written comments using the completely individual assessments that have been made in the markbooks if they wish. There is also an inbuilt statement bank and all comments can be edited as text as the teacher chooses. Once complete, they are outputted as Microsoft Word document using the template that your school have selected or built. These can then be printed or shared with parents via email or online reporting.
All of these outputs provide opportunities for building a rich picture of the work happening in the classroom, giving the teachers a kind of "pay back" for the time spent assessing, and giving parents and pupils up to date information which can impact on the learning both inside and outside of the classroom.