Category Archives: Levels

Writing about the uses and abuses of National Curriculum levels over the years. The principles explored remain significant for assessment in art and design education.

Tim Oates on the curriculum and assessment

Tim Oates talks with quiet authority about how the new national curriculum came to be and how ideas about assessment have changed. He explains how the honourable intentions of the TGAT report (Professor Black) became corrupted. However, it is clear … Continue reading

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From the horses mouth.

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 … Continue reading

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Some sensible ideas about assessment.

The NAHT have published a report about what should be done now about assessment which is eminently sensible. This NAHT Assessment Report is worth reading as it contains balanced advice based upon well grounded principles. There is also a helpful summary of … Continue reading

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Degrees of Loveliness

This is another of the ‘thinking out loud’ series about assessment without levels, exploring the idea of assessment based on internally defined measures of progress, rather than externally defined measures of achievement (national standards-levels). A conversation the other day led … Continue reading

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Remember these?

It is an OHP (Overhead Projector) slide: we used to use them before Powerpoint was invented. I found it while clearing out the other day. The technology might be a thing of the past, but the message isn’t.

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Let’s not make the same mistake again

Actually it’s not really very complicated. Put simply, we should not have let the recording and reporting part of ARR (Assessment, Recording and Reporting) distort the assessment bit. It’s the tail wagging the dog and it was, and is, a … Continue reading

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Farewell to all that

Today the government have announced the demise of levels, which was not unexpected. Mr Gove’s letter to the expert panel is also not unexpected in its extravagant rhetoric and assertion which stands in for reasoned argument. It is unlikely that … Continue reading

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Key Stage 3 Assessment – levels 1 and 2 updated

Last year I worked with QCDA on a programme to develop exemplar materials for assessment in art in KS3 (levels 3-7). The programme was also related to the programme to extend APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) in the core subjects. Basically … Continue reading

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Assessment Papers and Practice

Last year QCDA developed exemplar materials to support the assessment of national curriculum levels in KS3 for all foundation subjects. These materials were published in July 2010. They are really helpful on a variety of levels. They provide a much … Continue reading

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New Assessment Guidance for KS3 Art- APP probably

QCDA has just published the online exemplification of standards materials. These provide much more than just examples of levels. They provide an illustration of good assessment practice and embrace the principles of good assessment which is at the heart of … Continue reading

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