At St. Cuthbert’s, teachers use three forms of assessment:
• day-to-day in-school formative assessment, which is also referred to as ‘Checking for Understanding’ (CFU);
• in-school Summative Assessment, and;
• nationally standardised Summative Assessment.
This section deals with in-school Summative Assessment and nationally standardised Summative Assessment.
Summative Assessment Tasks
Summative Assessment Tasks will be used to inform and report:
• Whether a student is working towards (WT), working at (WA) or working at greater depth (WGD) in Key Stage 3, or;
• What GCSE grade (or equivalent) a student is working at in Key Stage 4.
The intent of Summative Assessment is to identify what a student knows, understands and can do; what has been achieved; and the standards of those attainments.
There will be two departmentally set Summative Assessments for each year group. The data (percentage score at KS3 or GCSE grade at KS4) from these will inform teachers and students which objectives within the curriculum have been successful and which require further study (be that through further class teaching or intervention). The data collected from the assessments will also be shared formally with parents and tracked departmentally and by cohort. Teachers can also use mini Summative Assessments to inform their planning. In-Depth Feedback should always follow a Summative Assessment, ideally within one week of the assessment.
Summative Assessments must be done in exam conditions to indicate exactly what a student is capable of doing independently and to evaluate exactly what has and has not been learnt. They should be carried out during the calendared assessment week for each year group. They must assess what has been learned in a particular Scheme of Learning and over time. Summative Assessments must be based 75% upon the relevant Scheme of Learning which has just been taught and 25% upon learning prior to this which has been revised for over the Scheme of Learning.
Summative Assessments must be designed to cater for the full range of students’ abilities. At KS3, the two Summative Assessments will be given a percentage (%) mark and recorded in SIMS. This will be then converted into a WT, WA, WGD, which will be reported to parents. Curriculum Leaders and teachers need to ensure that the percentage boundaries for WT, WA and WGD are comparable with the assessment of Subject Standards. Generally speaking, a student who is ‘WA’ when assessed against the subject standards should also be ‘WA’ in terms of the percentage achieved in a Summative Assessment.
At KS4 students will be given a grade (1-9). Students will be gradually exposed to the full range of questions they will experience in a final GCSE exam. This does not mean they must be taught all of the skills required to achieve the higher grades but they must be able to access the questions with answers which are appropriate to their ability. For example even if a student cannot actually evaluate something they should be able to describe it which will provide some marks. To ensure accuracy and consistency of data from Summative Assessments, all assessments are standardised and moderated by departments.
Nationally Standardised Summative Assessments
Nationally standardised Summative Assessments are sat by students in September of Year 7 and in May/June of Year 11. In Year 7, students sit the CAT4 tests and at the end of Key Stage 4 students sit GCSEs and vocational qualifications. For this academic year only, students in Years 8 and 9 will also sit CAT4 tests.
Summative Assessment Calendar