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    Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We are debating the value of continuing with our plans for the KS3 ICT test in 2007. The suggestion that the test can be reworked to provide 'continuous evaluation' is quite amusing......

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    I intend to write a proposal that we scrap the idea of the KS3 test. My inital standpoint will be from a technical point of view, outlining the disgraceful way that the test performed on our thin client network last year (I'm also doubtful that RM will continue to provide a thin client solution that is suitable for all) and how much we would need to invest to achieve a suitable level of performance (we're talking another 10 terminal servers or buying 3 suites of fat clients!!!).

    I will also discuss what I have spoken to others about... including working towards a proper qualification such as key skills or using the time to develop a working VLE.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    I've voted Yes, for the whole year group, because I sincerely believe our head of IT will go ahead with it, despite my heart not being in it.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We are still going ahead with the test but i think only two thirds of the year group will do it but this has not been confirmed yet.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We've kept it installed and plan to use it in the future, but not sure in what capacity.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    Yes.

    I think it's more of a strategic thing for us. Many of the KS3 lessons that are taking place aren't up to scratch as far as curriculum goes, and one way the head of KS3 thinks we can address this is by measuring just how the students perform against a test aimed at that level. So I guess the staff assessment element is being contemplated where we are more than anything.

    I can see the value in it there at least.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We've shelved it.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We are going to use it as an informal assessment tool for 2007 and re-evaluate it's usefulness after that.

    It's inevitable that electronic testing and examinations will become the norm in future so it's better to keep our hand in, so to speak and lessen the shock at a later date

    We are lucky in that our students have the capacity to take on a diversion like this and exam results are unlikely to suffer, but I would imagine that the 'less well off' schools have a difficult decision to make. Ignore the testing and hope current practice improves results or take a chance that it will help assess pupils performance.

    Technical issues aside it could be a useful tool for some, it's up to individual schools how they want to make use of it.

    The last point I want to make is that if we ignore it, we can't assess or comment on it with any accuracy to be able to give feedback to improve it in the future.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We have shelved it for this year but will start it again from next year ... but as a formative assessment tool. The existing year 7 will do it in their first few weeks in year 8 ... and then twice again during the year ... and then 3 times in year 9 ...

    We will do the same for the year 7 lot starting in september ... but only do it twice in their first year ...

    This is how it is thought it will be used and presuming it is a success then it can be re-introduced or further developed.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    It doesn't fit with our timetable, which would be the first issue.

    Given the issues we had, and the fact that there was a massive time investment in training the kids to use its non-standard interface, I guess we're not gonna bother.

    Kyle

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    Is there any official statement on what we should do and any deadlines associated with it?

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    Were not doing it this year

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We're running it with a reduced student number this year, purely based on the fact that when it is "reworked" we can provide feedback in imporoving it for the future.

    Chris

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    We're going ahead, mostly because of the work that has been put into it by the IT staff, SMT, exams and us.

    That will complete the 'pilot'. Then its a case of waiting to see what the LEA want us to do in the future.

    Like Beeswax my hearts not in it but after al the prep work the show must go on.

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    Re: Is your school going to continue with the KS3 ICT test?

    What about a "Not Yet Decied yet" option?

    cos SLT here have yet to decide what their doing about it

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