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Working out Current Working At Grades and Progress in Science over KS3

Discussion in 'Assessment' started by marcus678, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Hi

    In Science we have a number of set assessments for each topic at KS3. For example, a student might achieve:

    Aut Term 1 - Topic 1 Assessment 4c
    - Topic 2 Assessment 4a

    Aut Term 2 - Topic 3 Assessment 5c
    - Topic 4 Assessment 5c

    Spr Term 1 - Topic 5 Assessment 5a
    - Topic 6 Assessment 4c

    When we are setting current working at grades we average the grades for the whole year. So for the example above, we would say this student is working at a level 4a as an average of his assessments from September to January. However, its clear this student is actually working at around a 5b from the last 4 assessments.

    What we find, by averaging out assessment grades, is that it gets harder and harder for the student to get a higher working at grade due to the effects of averaging. At KS3 in Science we have very distinct topics and students may perform better in Chemistry than say Biology or Physics which is why we average,

    I am just wondering how other schools/science departments calculate working at grades for KS3 in Science. Do you carry out cumulative tests that test students on everything they have learnt since sept each term or do you do module tests. If so how do you show that progress when averaging clearly has a negative impact on working at grades.

    Look forward to reading about different methods of assessment at KS3 and showing that progress of working at grades in Science.

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