Good assessment makes:
- An accurate assessment – knowing what the standards are, judging pupils’ work correctly, and making accurate assessments linked to agreed performance descriptors
- A fair assessment – knowing the methods used are valid;
- A reliable assessment – ensuring that judgments are consistent and based on a range of evidence including professional judgment.
- A useful assessment – identifying barriers to pupil progress and using that information to plan and discuss the next steps in learning.
- A focused assessment – identifying areas of a child’s learning where there are blocks to progression, which might, for example, benefit from the attention of one-to-one tuition; for continuity of assessment, enabling better transfer between years and schools.