Assessment and qualifications

DfE primary assessment in England government consultation
DfE primary assessment in England government consultation
Catherine Kirkup June 2017, Policy Paper

NFER submission to a government consultation on primary assessment launched in March 2017.



England's performance in PISA league table
England's performance in PISA league table
Joana Andrade June 2017, Research Summary

This is the fourth factsheet published just prior to the 2017 United Kingdom General Election on England's educational performance in the PISA league table.



Refocusing Assessment
Refocusing Assessment
SSAT , ASCL and NFER March 2017, Practical Guide

Resource which provides a framework for school leaders and department heads to plan a coherent whole school approach to assessment that will support the learning of each and every student.



NFER submission to primary assessment Inquiry
NFER submission to primary assessment Inquiry
National Foundation for Educational Research October 2016, Policy Paper

This document contains written evidence submitted by NFER to the Education Committee’s inquiry into primary assessment.



PISA in Practice - Cognitive Activation in Maths
PISA in Practice - Cognitive Activation in Maths
Bethan Burge, Jenny Lenkeit and Juliet Sizmur September 2015, Research Report

Part of a series showcasing findings from PISA 2012, this report focuses on Cognitive Activation and how it is related to achievement.



PISA in Practice - Tackling low performance in Maths
PISA in Practice - Tackling low performance in Maths
Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur September 2015, Research Report

Part of a series showcasing findings from PISA 2012, this report focuses on the links between pupil attitudes and behaviours and low attainment in maths.



PISA in Practice - England's high performance in Science
PISA in Practice - England's high performance in Science
Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur September 2015, Research Report

Part of a series showcasing findings from PISA 2012, this report explores the characteristics of those pupils who were high performers in the PISA science and problem-solving assessments.



Reception baseline research
Reception baseline research
Sarah Lynch, Heather Bamforth and David Sims July 2015, Research Report

The DfE commissioned NFER to research the accountability context of the new reception baseline assessment, which will be the only measure used to assess the progress of children in primary schools from entry to the end of key stage 2.



Performance descriptors risk undermining teacher assessment benefits
Performance descriptors risk undermining teacher assessment benefits
Catherine Kirkup and Liz Twist February 2015, Policy Paper

This paper examines the implications of the proposed performance descriptors, and argues that without revisions they risk undermining the benefits of teacher assessment.



Practical guide to assessing narrative writing, autobiographical and biographical writing at upper KS2
Practical guide to assessing narrative writing, autobiographical and biographical writing at upper KS2
National Foundation for Educational Research November 2013, Practical Guide

Practical guide to help teachers make reliable and valid assessments of narrative writing, autobiographical and biographical writing at upper key stage 2. Contains worked-through writing examples.



Practical guide to assessing narrative writing, autobiographical and biographical writing at lower KS2
Practical guide to assessing narrative writing, autobiographical and biographical writing at lower KS2
National Foundation for Educational Research November 2013, Practical Guide

Practical guide to help teachers make reliable and valid assessments of narrative writing, autobiographical and biographical writing at lower key stage 2. Contains worked-through writing examples.



Practical guide to assessing non-chronological report writing and descriptive writing at lower KS2
Practical guide to assessing non-chronological report writing and descriptive writing at lower KS2
National Foundation for Educational Research November 2013, Practical Guide

Practical guide to help teachers make reliable and valid assessments of non-chronological report writing and letter writing at lower key stage 2. Contains worked-through writing examples.



Practical guide to assessing explanatory writing recount and journalistic writing at upper KS2
Practical guide to assessing explanatory writing recount and journalistic writing at upper KS2
National Foundation for Educational Research November 2013, Practical Guide

Practical guide to help teachers make reliable and valid assessments of non-chronological report writing and letter writing at upper key stage 2. Contains worked-through writing examples.



Primary Assessment and Accountability under the New National Curriculum
Primary Assessment and Accountability under the New National Curriculum
NFER November 2013, Policy Paper

This document is NFER’s response to the Department for Education’s consultation on primary assessment and accountability under the new National Curriculum.



Analysis of academy school performance in the 2011 and 2012 GCSEs
Analysis of academy school performance in the 2011 and 2012 GCSEs
Simon Rutt and Ben Styles November 2013, Research Report

A statistical analysis of GCSE data to determine whether there is any differential progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 that can be associated with schools status.



Practical guides to assessing writing at key stage 2: volumes 1-4
Practical guides to assessing writing at key stage 2: volumes 1-4
National Foundation for Educational Research October 2013, Practical Guide

A set of practical guides to help teachers make reliable and valid assessments of pupil writing tasks at key stage 2. Guides contain worked-through examples of pupils' writing to assist moderation.



Where have all the levels gone? The importance of a shared understanding of assessment at a time of major policy change
Where have all the levels gone? The importance of a shared understanding of assessment at a time of major policy change
Frances Brill and Liz Twist September 2013, Policy Paper

This NFER Thinks paper argues that while it may not be desirable to preserve the language of ‘levelness’, the importance of a shared understanding of assessment should never be overlooked.



A review of literature on marking reliability research
A review of literature on marking reliability research
Jo Tisi, Gillian Whitehouse, Sarah Maughan and Newman Burdett June 2013, Research Report

This literature review, which forms part of the Ofqual Quality of Marking Project, focuses on marking reliability, which is affected by factors relating to the marking process.



Consultation response: Secondary school accountability consultation
Consultation response: Secondary school accountability consultation
NFER May 2013, Policy Paper

This consultation set out the aims and vision for the DfE’s proposed new accountability system, together with the case for change.



International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in the UK
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in the UK
Juliet Sizmur and Rachel Cunningham February 2013, Research Report

NFER conducted an investigation into the teaching and learning benefits of the IB MYP, with the aim of providing a rich qualitative picture of the programme implementation in the UK.



Key stage 4 policy reform and its potential impact on at-risk young people
Key stage 4 policy reform and its potential impact on at-risk young people
Sarah Maughan January 2013, Policy Paper

This NFER Thinks paper argues that robust evidence from NFER research could help prevent hundreds of thousands of young people from disengaging.



Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications
Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications
NFER January 2013, Policy Paper

This paper sets out NFER’s response to the Department for Education’s consultation on Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications held between September and December 2012.



What do results from attitude surveys tell us about likely ratings from Ofsted?
What do results from attitude surveys tell us about likely ratings from Ofsted?
Tom Benton November 2011, Omnibus/Panel Survey

An analysis of data from NFER attitude surveys to explore the relationship between survey results from primary schools and the Ofsted ratings given to them in their most recent inspections.



National evaluation of diplomas: Cohort 2 - the second year
National evaluation of diplomas: Cohort 2 - the second year
Tami McCrone, Sarah Lynch, Clare Southcott et al September 2011, Research Report

This report focuses on the delivery and implementation of the second five Diploma subjects (introduced in September 2009) in their second year.



Key stage 3 science teacher views of teacher assessment using Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP)
Key stage 3 science teacher views of teacher assessment using Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP)
Naomi Rowe August 2011, Research Report

This research aimed to find out key stage 3 science teachers' perceptions of the introduction of APP, and how APP has been embedded into practice during its first 12-18 months.



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