Tag: Renaissance Star Reading
By Gary Alexander, Deputy Head Teacher
In this guest post, the Deputy Head Teacher of Battle & Langton Primary School, Gary Alexander, shares his initial thoughts on Ofsted’s recently-published consultation paper on the proposed new inspection framework. In particular, he looks at the implications for assessment and data collection.
By Richard Hubbard, Curriculum and Product Advisor
The true value of your data is revealed when you are able to relate the scores of your students to appropriate comparison groups. Mean scores from different schools can vary widely, but the comparison of your individual scores to a similar national sample will give you a way to judge the relative strength of your students.
We wouldn’t ask a child to run before they can walk… so why would we ask them to sit an assessment if they don’t have the reading skills to be able to decode what is being asked of them?
Well, in primary schools we wouldn’t dream of this. But when reading is one of the hardest skills to assess objectively, how do we truly know what level of reading comprehension a child possesses?