Get up to speed on the new assessment levels in Northern Irish Primary Schools
Did you know that your child’s summer term report card will look a little different this year? How teachers assess and report on your child’s learning has changed in the 2012/13 school year and parents will have to get to grips with new levels of achievement which allow them to understand how their child is progressing through the primary curriculum. The biggest change that parents will see on the report card is the introduction of levels of progression numbered 1 to 5. These levels provide a framework of assessment criteria that teachers will use to assess your child in the cross-curricular skills of Communication and Mathematics (ICT will be added to this framework in 2013/14). Teachers will base their judgement on their knowledge of your child, on-going assessment and their overall performance in a number of planned skills based assessment activities throughout the school year.
What level should my child be achieving?
Of course every child learns at different rates and parents must remember that these levels provide a guide to what the ‘expected level’ that most children will reach by the end of each Key Stage. Children are expected to reach Level 2 by the end of Key Stage 1 (Primary 4) and Level 4 by the end of Key Stage 2 (Primary 7) with most children progressing at least one level between the end of Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2. Many children will reach these levels before the end of the Key Stages and progress on to Level 5 by the end of Primary 7.
Here are some of the skills your child will be expected to master to achieve level 2 and level 4. For a full range of skills required please visit www.nicurriculum.org.uk