National Curriculum Assessments:               The view from the regulator8th February 2011Dennis Opposs, Ofqual Director ...
Ofqual Ofqual - The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation Regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in...
Ofqual’s objectives To secure standards of regulated qualifications To promote standards of regulated assessments To pr...
Ofqual’s objectives To secure standards of regulated qualifications To promote standards of regulated assessments To pr...
Regulating 3-14 assessments Ofqual must encourage the development of assessments that givea reliable indication of achiev...
Changes to the National Curriculum Ofqual cannot influence curriculum – but must take interest as wewill regulate assessm...
Review of the National Curriculum Launched in January 2011 First phase to report back in autumn 2011 Expert panel inclu...
Recent and forthcoming changes to 3-14assessments End of key stage 3 tests (Oct 2008) Switch from science key stage 2 fu...
Changes to 3-14 assessment The National Curriculum – originally a “guide to study” intendedto ensure students were acquir...
Changes to 3-14 assessment: The White Paper Tests to assess the essential knowledge and understandingpupils should be exp...
Lord Bew review – KS2 testing, assessment andaccountabilityLooking at Making schools accountable to pupils, parents and t...
Dame Tickell review of EYFSLooking at If there is need for prescriptive curriculum for under- fives Whether childcare pr...
Regulation activity Ofqual cannot advise on curriculum – but can advise to clarifypurpose of assessment New National Ass...
Promoting public confidence Ofqual’s public confidence objective – “to promote publicconfidence in regulated qualificatio...
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National Curriculum Assessments - The view from the regulator

  1. 1. National Curriculum Assessments: The view from the regulator8th February 2011Dennis Opposs, Ofqual Director of Standards
  2. 2. Ofqual Ofqual - The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation Regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in England andvocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. Ofquals role is to ensure: all learners get the results their work merits standards are maintained qualifications are correctly valued and understood, now and in the future.
  3. 3. Ofqual’s objectives To secure standards of regulated qualifications To promote standards of regulated assessments To promote confidence in assessment arrangements To promote awareness and understanding of regulatedqualifications To secure efficiency and value for money.
  4. 4. Ofqual’s objectives To secure standards of regulated qualifications To promote standards of regulated assessments To promote confidence in assessment arrangements To promote awareness and understanding of regulatedqualifications To secure efficiency and value for money.
  5. 5. Regulating 3-14 assessments Ofqual must encourage the development of assessments that givea reliable indication of achievement and attainment Ofqual must keep under review all aspects of statutory nationalassessment arrangements. We look at consistency reliability how responsible bodies perform their tasks how results are used Ofqual must produce regulatory frameworks for NationalCurriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage assessmentarrangements. These set out what we expect from responsiblebodies.
  6. 6. Changes to the National Curriculum Ofqual cannot influence curriculum – but must take interest as wewill regulate assessments Less prescription and greater freedom for schools Slimmed down curriculum Tighter model of knowledge which every child should master incore subjects Changes to what is statutory and what is optional
  7. 7. Review of the National Curriculum Launched in January 2011 First phase to report back in autumn 2011 Expert panel includes assessment experts – inter-dependency ofcurriculum and assessment.
  8. 8. Recent and forthcoming changes to 3-14assessments End of key stage 3 tests (Oct 2008) Switch from science key stage 2 full cohort tests to sample tests(2010) New phonics screening check at age 6 – testing ability to decodewords (pilot in 2011) Further tests at 11 and 16 New suite of optional tests at key stage 3 Bew review currently looking at key stage 3 assessmentarrangements Tickell considering assessment at end of Early Years FoundationStage (EYFS).
  9. 9. Changes to 3-14 assessment The National Curriculum – originally a “guide to study” intendedto ensure students were acquiring the knowledge to progress Need to consider: – Assessment points: what a child might be expected to know at each stage? – What will the assessment tell us? Primary and secondary curriculum coherence  Opportunity for greater consistency in the assessment system  Assessment must feed into each other and be meaningful at all stages, and support transition.
  10. 10. Changes to 3-14 assessment: The White Paper Tests to assess the essential knowledge and understandingpupils should be expected to have achieved  New Assessments? Tell parents for the first time whether their children have the knowledge and skills for success as they move ‘from one phase to the next’ (White Paper, 4.42 )  Test Purpose & Manageability? School accountability for pupil progress without encouraging over-rehearsal of test questions Simple for schools / teachers to administer Provide parents with good quality information on their child’s progress.
  11. 11. Lord Bew review – KS2 testing, assessment andaccountabilityLooking at Making schools accountable to pupils, parents and the taxpayer Ensuring parents have good quality information on the progressof children and success of schools Avoid “teaching to the test” Ensuring performance information is used and interpretedcorrectly without crude judgements made Launched in November 2010, set to report in June 2011.
  12. 12. Dame Tickell review of EYFSLooking at If there is need for prescriptive curriculum for under- fives Whether childcare providers face too much bureaucracy Ofqual submitting two reports on EYFS as part of this Launched in July 2010, report in spring 2011.
  13. 13. Regulation activity Ofqual cannot advise on curriculum – but can advise to clarifypurpose of assessment New National Assessment Arrangements Regulatory Frameworkto be launched imminently – will be reviewed regularly Keeping all existing national assessment arrangements underreview Key stage 2 assessments under review – Ofqual to be keptinformed Ofqual can advise on pilots resulting from recommendations fromreviews – we will state what we need to allow informed judgmentsto be made.
  14. 14. Promoting public confidence Ofqual’s public confidence objective – “to promote publicconfidence in regulated qualifications and regulated assessmentarrangements” To maintain and improve confidence, parents and carers must beclear on what is proposed for assessments Parents must understand what assessments can tell us – andwhat they can’t.
  15. 15. Thank you…. Any questions?

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