Category Archives: Assessment

Guidance and writing about assessment in art and design in all key stages and in external examinations.

OK so ‘he’ has gone, but you still may need a policy.

This is just to note that I have been working with Art Express publishers this year to develop a (copyright free) draft policy that enables users of Art Express to simply and easily incorporate the whole Art Express programme into … Continue reading

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Fat Free Assessment

We finished an Assessment and Planning Framework for NSEAD last month. Actually there were two, one for primary and one for secondary. The primary one can be downloaded here Art Craft and Design Assessment and Planning KS 1&2 or from the NSEAD … Continue reading

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Ofsted fall out

The announcement that full Ofsted inspections will not be required for all good and better schools (the majority) is interesting. It may change some assumptions about the invisible ley lines which exert influence on future practice. It had seemed (to … 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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Sketchy assessment

Idle speculation, or idly speculating led to this sketch. Being a visual learner i was trying to work out patterns and purposes of assessment, and it occurred to me that it would be good if we could create an assessment … Continue reading

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Should we measure internally defined progress, or externally defined standards?

NFER have published a really interesting (short) paper on assessment in the light of the demise of levels, and the rise of norm referenced assessment in core subjects. The recent DfE consultation on assessment and the Ofsted framework both suggest … Continue reading

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The uncomfortable average

I have been discussing assessment in the new landscape devoid of levels. It seems to me important that we endeavour to preserve assessment information by reporting on a profile rather than loose assessment information by aggregating it into a single … Continue reading

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The Draft National Curriculum translated

The draft national curriculum for art and design is not really very good. So here is an attempt to interpret it. In truth it need not stop you doing what you want and it does contain, hidden within it, a … Continue reading

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