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    How does your school use assessment manager?

    Hi all,

    1. How does your school use assessment manager?

    2. What do you personally feel for the need for assessment?


    your answers will be very useful?

    thanks

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    We report to parent at 3 points during the school year - 1 at start of Autumn Term; 1 at start of Spring; and 1 at the start of Summer Term.

    Assessment Manager is used for these reporting intervals as well as Sixth Form requirements - who report 6 times a year [half termly]. In addition Statutory requirements by the DCSF are also reporting using AM.


    Personally I feel Assessment for Learning is an integral part of teaching and learning - where used appropriately. It is no good just collecting the data from teachers. Students need to know what 'grade' they are working at and a conversion needs to take place in order to determine how the student intends to do this. Teachers also need to integrate Assessment Strategies into lesson - and provide adequate opportunities for formative and informative assessment and opportunities for Progression.

    Sorry for the long post - but its a topic that I love!!

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    Great post Kiran, thanks

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    The whole Assessment Suite can be set up to make the life of staff so much easier when it comes to recording and analysis of assessments.

    AM has many useful functions other than just recording raw assessment scores. The ability to integrate formulae into templates / marksheets is key in this ... allowing staff to enter data and receive immediate feedback about what in means.

    The Performance tools then take it a step further once you need / want to start looking trends and progression.

    Yes, all of this can be done via a variety of spreadsheet packages and I know of 2 schools that have standard excel docs we which read in from exported Master Marksheets to do it all ... but this has mainly been due to the need for analysis away from the schools.

    On to the touchy bit ... it doesn't matter how good the technology, how 'whizz bang' the calculations in the spreadsheets / marksheets ... if you are not assessing students properly and staff are just making up figures ... then you will still get crap.

    Start looking at how you can mark the assessing of students easier too ... automarking systems with VLEs that give both the students some immediate feedback and the staff a tangible figure they can use to help assess.

    But yes ... AM is good and we don't even bother with Profiles for reports anymore. It is all grades or free text boxes.

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    @grassisgrenner - got lots of documents that I could PM to you if you want them!!

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    Does the spell checker work on assessment manager yet?

    It always used to crash with us and the staff revolted and vowed to never use it again. I have not used it since then

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    We use AM for recording all our assessment data. Baseline data that goes in includes KS2 levels, MIDYIS scores and KS3 data when we have it. We use MIDYIS to generate Target Minimum Grades for all KS4 pupils and target levels for KS3 in each subject. All this information is available to staff as a read only marksheet for their classes.

    We have a six week review cycle, so every six weeks staff complete a marksheet column added to the base data sheet in which only three symbols are allowed; working above target (+) at target (=) or below target (-). Can be done for a class in a few minutes. These assessments are then exported to Excel where we produce a nice chart showing these as green, amber or red boxes, which go up on the house notice boards; a trafiic light system that shows clearly who is working to target and who isn't and in what subjects. All done in AM except the last bit, but we have a very good data person in the office who does all the backroom work setting up aspects, marksheets etc and who has become our AM expert. The system got very good feedback from OFSTED when we were inspected 5 weeks ago.

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    some really useful examples, however I would find it useful to have an example of how Primary schools use it (other than for the FSP, KS1 & KS2 statutory returns).

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    Hoggy we do have some excellent primary users but they aren't likely to be tuned into this site. We produce a magazine called Achievement (Primary) which has lots of examples of how data can be used effectievly in the primary sector. Essentially there is little difference in the way that data can be used in this sector. You can indentify pupils that need help, report to parents, see who your strong teachers are etc.

    Electronic copies of Achievement are available on CapitaES.CO.UK.

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    Re: How does your school use assessment manager?

    Best use is when a school has a firm/sound Assessment policy and uses all the AM functionality to the full.
    Here is a quick list of how we mainly use AM:
    Creating 3 year subject specific and school specific regression (Progression) lines for use in the AM Prediction formula to generate Indicators/Targets.
    Showing all historic data like KS2 SATs, CATs, FFT, last academic year's grades and target comments, whilst having all this year's reporting home grade columns available inc. Indicator/Target (see previous) and traffic-lighted "Progress" columns etc. etc. etc.
    HoD course marksheets with similar.
    Performance Leader (vvertical House) marksheets with similar.
    Columns for flagging up importance of meeting parents at Parent's evenings etc. etc.
    Departmental marksheets (big job but well worth it) cleverly linking ongoing assessments to the more categoric reporting home grades. The latter goes down well with teachers who do not wish to duplicate things. Needs coordinating at HoD level though.
    Range of individual reports for Reports to Parents, Exam success interviews, for student showing projected grades & Indicators for their ROA/Personal Profile etc. etc.
    Performance Analysis used for instant value added graphs for current students as well as reflecting back on last summers results; this by cohort, year group, class etc. etc.
    Chance Analysis proving particularly useful in terms of Key Stage Progression, again for year groups, classes, SEN, AUDG eg "GradeWatch" etc. etc.
    Profiles for extended text reports, drawing in useful grades/marks even reading age for example.
    Huge longer term benefits from having AM individual Reports & Profiles available via Document Management Server
    Could go on and on but part of the firm/sound policy is to include data entry that is valid, accurate & reliable.
    Next is to communicate school wide (arguably beyond the school if you include other stakeholders like parents, Governors etc).
    Next is to ensure suitable intervention/support mechanisms. We have found a range of these is the way to go.
    Finally, if you know what you want to get to but are concerned about how to manage introducing things, consider priorities, essentials, desirables etc. etc.
    Some of my points have been mentioned in previous posts, never the less I hope it helps.

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