Assessment rules right now. Evidence-based research studies say it is a key tool in improving achievement. The new Common Inspection Framework will ensure that Ofsted Inspectors will have it under the microscope during their inspections.
Here are some helpful questions for reflecting on your assessment practices:
1. How does initial assessment information inform your planning for the group? Do you get your hands on all the information available?
2. How do you incorporate diagnostic group activities and individual tasks into your SoW? How effectively do you respond to the results of diagnostic assessment, e.g by referring students for relevant support, by signposting useful self study resources for certain students to use, by planning to meet specific need
3. Do you have access to information about assessments on learners with support needs? How does that information inform your planning for those individuals?
4. How well do you engage learners with meaningful target setting and review?
5. How well and how often do you use self and peer assessment activities with students?How could you incorporate them more consistently and effectively?
6. In class, do you have a range of approaches to checking learning, beyond giving students tests, tasks or assignments?
7. How do your colleagues check learning in class through questioning, group work tasks etc? Is there an approach or activity you could introduce into your practice?
8. How consistent and useful is your recording of assessments? ( class record sheet, individual student log etc) Where could you improve this a little? How could you engage students with this process and the follow up action planning?
9. Who could you observe if you wanted to see some good or different practice in assessment?
10.Where do you feel confident in your assessment practice?
11. Which aspects of assessment would you like to improve and what is the first step in doing this?