Can you predict a Progress 8 Score?
By Ruth Atkinson
Using Star Assessments as a Progress 8 Calculator
As the name suggests, Progress 8 measures the achievement of a student across eight qualifications at GSCE level – including English and Maths – and compares their achievements to the actual achievements of other pupils with similar prior attainment to create a Progress 8 score.
Introduced just a couple of years ago, schools have begun to seek a method of calculating the Progress 8 score in advance of results being published, leading many schools to explore the options for a Progress 8 calculator.
While the final Progress 8 score will be determined by the student’s results, and those of similar ability students from around the country, schools can use tools such as Star Reading and Star Maths to help predict the outcomes of Progress 8 by using the data from Star Assessments as the basis for a Progress 8 calculator.
Providing access to an independently validated and robust assessment programme, Star Reading and Star Maths equip schools with a reliable method of assessment and accurate data. Crucially in the context of Progress 8 scores, Star Assessments enable teachers to compare the performance of students with similar aged and ability students from around the country. Plus, by helping teachers to pinpoint exactly where support is required and to effectively manage and track interventions, Star is an invaluable tool for calculating a predicted Progress 8 score.
Widely used in Key Stage 2 to accurately predict SATs scores, Star Reading and Star Maths can be used to monitor student progress and correlate levels of growth with an expected GCSE grade in English and Maths.
While Star Reading and Star Maths are not a Progress 8 calculator per se, these powerful assessment programmes give schools robust data which can then be used to inform Progress 8 score predictions as well as guide teaching and learning approaches to ensure each student reaches their maximum potential.