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?
Access arrangements have hit the headlines recently, with the media focusing on ‘compare and contrast’ between independent and state schools. While the ratio for access arrangements is higher in independent schools, which has been attributed to ‘proper resourcing’ by the HMC, a group representing independent schools, Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager at Renaissance, believes that Star Assessments have a vital role to play in helping all schools to identify those children who need additional support.