We know that assessment comes in various forms – and that the best tracker of progress in the classroom is you. We simply supply the tools to help you get assessment in your classroom spot on, and most importantly extract information from your assessment to help you target your teaching.
Progress & Assess is designed on an understanding of what you need, and what is most useful to you: supporting you with tools that are simultaneously effective and simple – because we know your time is stretched enough already.
How does it work?
1. Progression maps
At the heart of Progress and Assess are our progression maps – these give you a really rigorous structure for progress that is based on a deep understanding of how children’s learning develops and what the Age Related Expectations are. They divide the objectives into meaningful strands and topics and suggests small steps of progress to help you achieve the end-of-year targets. The progress maps include practical examples, where useful, of what success looks like for each of these strands – to help you with your formative assessment.
The progression maps come with marking schemes and guidance on how to use them to support your summative and ongoing formative assessment.
See a sample progression map.
2. Progress tests and guidance
Layered on top of the progression maps are child-friendly progress tests to help you report on where your children are against Age Related Expectations. For maths, these are linked to the half-termly units in the maths progression map and for reading they are linked to book bands, ensuring that each child can take the test that is right for his or her own ability each half term. The tests are short and cover only the content necessary at each stage to make them manageable both for the children taking them and for the teachers marking them. They are also carefully crafted to ensure they are age-appropriate and non-intrusive while still having the greatest impact on the pace and depth of learning.
Each progress test comes with guidance to help you to identify potential problem areas and gives recommendations for next steps to help you plan your teaching.
See sample progress tests and guidance.
3. Reporting tool
The data input and reporting tool in Progress and Assess is so much more than just a tracker. Using the progression maps as a reference, a complex algorithm is applied to each child's progress test result to tell you whether they are meeting Age Related Expectations, and whether they have made expected progress. You can also add comments about each child's scores for you to refer back to.
4. End-of-year tests for Maths
These additional Progress & Assess Maths tests are available to buy in print format and work alongside the regular half-termly tests in Progress & Assess by:
Helping to prepare children in every year group for the Maths end of key stage tests.
Helping you identify any potential areas of weakness – with marking guidance to help you target remedial action.
Helping you to benchmark children before they move into the next year, giving you information to pass on to children’s next teacher and parents.
Giving you an extra chance to target remediation at Year 6 pupils before they move into Secondary.
Take a look at some samples now*.
*These test samples are extracts from the three papers created for year 6 and the two papers created for year 2. As they are not complete test papers they shouldn't be used as full tests with children.
5. Professional Development
The Progress and Assess PD course ensures that all teachers in the school understand the new assessment requirements, how to use all of the features in Progress & Assess, as well as how it supports best practice in both formative and summative assessment. Find out more.