Assessing, Reporting and Tracking Progress post Levels
From September we are going to be using Flight Paths, instead of levels, to track and report the progress of our KS3 students.
Each pupil will have a 'target' Flight Path, this will be based on their attainment at KS2 and is the Flight Path they should be on if they are making expected progress.This will allow us to assess whether students are are on or off track. We will also be able to report projected GCSE results based on which Flight Path students are currently on.
It is hugely important that 'target' Flight Paths aren't used as another tool with which to label our pupils and limit their learning experiences. Our KS3 pupils are taught in Mixed Attainment classes in Maths. For each unit of work they are given a Learning Journey. From September the Learning Journeys will show progress across all 5 Flight Paths. In every lesson all of our pupils have access to the full range of differentiated tasks, meaning that every pupil can access every stage on the Learning Journey.
From September 'level descriptors' will be removed from these Assessment Tasks and replaced with Flight Path descriptors. Each Assessment Task will also be updated to ensure that whichever Flight Path pupils are working on, they are given a range of types of question to allow them to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
The inspiration for this came from Alexander Cameron, who tweeted the image opposite, showing his Department's excellent approach to assessment. You can follow Alexander on twitter @AlexandeCameron.
He has generously shared his resources via LinkBunch, you can find them using the link below.
The 'fluency' questions are typically 'closed', the problem solving questions are typically 'open' and the reasoning questions are 'probing.' See image below.
'Heard the Word' tables which enable pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the Key Words / Symbols.
'My own Question and Answer' section which provides an additional insight into a pupil's depth of understanding.
The 'What I will do to act upon my 'Even Better If...' section on the Feedback sheet.