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ks3 baseline testing

Discussion in 'Art and design' started by spikelshovel, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. spikelshovel

    spikelshovel New commenter

    i was just wondering if anyone who currently does baseline testing with their year 7's could answer me a few quick questions,
    1. is it the very first thing you get them to do ie in their first few lessons?
    2. what activities do you do to get a good overall picture?
    3. is it worth doing if your school follows FFTD and wont allow you to make changes?

    I am thinking of building one into our schemes but i am unsure of the best way to do this so any advice would be appreciated.

  2. Hi
    yes we do ours in the first two lessons. 3- 20 min tests one observational pencil and tone ; one memory- look at a picture and draw what you remember; one imaginatiive drawing test.
    We then use these scores to fight the case in house for those pupils who have clearly not achieved the level 4 or 5 stated in KS2 in our subject. We also keep them as evidence of progress made once they have had specialist teaching. In the first term the jump is amazing and shows the pupils true potential.We measure progress from this , although we are still judged by their sats score in English and Maths at KS2 but at least The pupils then achieve green flags for progress against the base line instead of constant red as they would have against the FFTD. We find that usually by the end of KS3 they have achieved or got close to the FFTD target because they have not been squashed by failure from day one.
  3. justfloating

    justfloating New commenter

    Think there was another thread about this fairly recently. I do three 1 hour exercises - An observational drawing of a simple object (pencil sharpener - Something where everyone can have the same thing) - A piece of critical studies ( a copy, description and opinion) -and an imaginative piece (I give a fragment of a picture and ask them to extend it in any way they chose). These are the first three tasks I do with my Y7 groups then i meld the marks together to have a single baseline for data input. Its not foolproof but more accurate than levels based on English and Maths SATs etc.
    You can also repeat the task throughout KS3 to (hopefully) demonstrate progress.
    I think its worth it because at least you have some evidence to back up the argument that FFTD isn't very accurate in our area.
  4. What about doing something exciting that starts to inspire and motivate kids to enjoy D&T? I think baseline assessment you may be considering will convince kids that they cannot draw and therefore they will not be very good at D&T . Maybe think about tasks that involve problem solving, working in groups, being creative etc etc. These are the aspects that make D&T stand out in a schools curriculum. STEM projects are a good starting place.

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