Assessment is carried out to see what children and young people know, understand and are able to do.
Assessment is very important for tracking progress, planning next steps, reporting and involving parents, children and young people in learning.
Curriculum for Excellence has improved assessment in the following ways:
Assessment is a way of supporting learning. It helps teachers, learners, parents and others to understand the depth and breadth of learning undertaken so that progress and next steps can be discussed and planned.
There are eight curriculum areas (containing a range of subjects):
Each curriculum area is broken down into a set of experiences and outcomes (often referred to as Es and Os):
Teachers will assess what children know, understand and are able to do within the experiences and outcomes. Teachers will assess each learner's progress and achievements in:
There are also three key areas which are covered by all teachers/practitioners:
Your child's progress is not only based on 'tests' but on the learning that takes place within the classroom and in different settings outwith the classroom.
Evidence of children and young people's progress and achievements will come from day to day learning and through the things they may write, say, make or do. For example, evidence may emerge as a result of children and young people taking part in a presentation, discussion, performance or practical investigation. Evidence could also be a drawing, report, or piece of art work that they have produced. Evidence may be captured as a photograph, video or audio clip as part of a particular learning experience.
Evidence of progress and achievement can be gathered by:
Assessment takes place as part of ongoing learning and teaching, periodically and at key transitions.
Children and young people's progress, strengths and needs are assessed as part of day-to-day learning and teaching. Teachers and others do this by, for example, watching and listening to learners carrying out tasks, by looking at what they write or make and by considering how they answer questions.
Children and young people will be involved in planning their next steps in learning.
From time to time, teachers will assess children and young people's progress and achievements in order to be able to plan ahead and to record and report on progress. This will help to ensure that their progress is on track and that any necessary action is taken to support their learning.
Transitions are the moves children and young people make, from home to early learning and childcare settings, from stage to stage (and through Curriculum for Excellence levels), from primary to secondary, to further or higher education and employment. Sharing of assessment information with parents is important to ensure all learners are supported and have a positive experience. Information about a learner's progress and achievements will be passed on to make sure that their broad general education and senior phase continue uninterrupted at the correct level and at an appropriate pace for them.
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