The recently published report of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels is interesting and probably important for our subject. Some of it consists of statements of the blindingly obvious. But in view of the fact that many schools are blindly holding on to crass and abviously silly assessment practices it is perhaps depressingly necessary to repeat simple common sense information about effective assessment. One common excuse for senior managers desparate reliance on systems which, even they usually admit in private, are facile, is OFSTED. So it is helpful to hear OFSTED trying to set the record strait – below.
Art teachers, well all subject teachers atually, should read the commissions report it will help them as they challenge senior managers to develop a coherent and helpful assessment policy – rather than a spreadsheet for recording, often meaningless, numbers.