Assessment Points(AP)

 

 


Assessment Point Information for Parents/Carers 

The Minster School is committed to improving the quality of information we provide on the progress of our students. Prior to January 2012 we provided student attainment, effort and progress data using Assessment Point data which is sent home via letter and parent/carer consultation evenings and this will continue to take place.

Reporting Student Progress - Subject Target Grades  This is the minimum level or grade we believe a student should be aiming to achieve by the end of the course. The targets are set on the basis of nationally expected levels of progress from Key Stage 2 to 4 and Key stage 3 to 4, Fischer Family Trust Value Added student targets and the professional judgement and experience of subject teachers. The targets are not predicted grades. Regular attendance, completion of all coursework and other tasks will be needed to achieve the target. Subject targets are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure an appropriate level of challenge for each student.

Attainment All Grades This shows a student’s Key Stage 3 level, GCSE grade or BTEC  level of attainment in each subject using National Curriculum levels or GCSE or BTEC grading. In completing attainment levels or grades, teachers use their knowledge of a student's work over time, including written, practical and oral work in the classroom, homework and results of other school examinations or tests.

Attitude to Learning

There are four Attitude to Learning levels which are described below:

1
Outstanding Students who always complete class work to a high standard, often exceeding expectations. They engage fully in the learning process and make valuable contributions to lessons. They are independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, using their initiative to investigate and generate new ideas. They work well collaboratively, supporting and leading others in their learning.
2 Good Students who complete class work to a good standard. They engage well in the learning process and often make good contributions to lessons. They are able to work with increasing independence, developing the skills to use new ideas. They can work collaboratively with others, sharing skills and knowledge where appropriate.
3 Requires Improvement Students whose attitude to learning is inconsistent, sometimes lacking the motivation to complete class work. They engage partially in the learning process and sometimes make contributions in lessons, however, they often lack the initiative to develop their own learning further. They can work collaboratively with other students but may require prompting from the teacher to remain on task.
4 Unacceptable Students who rarely complete classwork and lacks motivation. They show minimal commitment to classwork and home learning; and behaviour and participation in lessons are inconsistent. They need regular reminders to stay on task and frequently disrupt the learning of others.

Concern Codes

In addition to the Attitude to Learning level a teacher may wish to highlight two concern codes they may have about a student. The concern codes are shown below:

Code Relates Description
B Behaviour The student’s ability to stay focused on the class activities needs to improve.
C Contribution in Class The student should aim to contribute more to class discussions or group work activities.
H Home Learning Homework tasks are not submitted or completed to the required standard.
O Organisation The student needs to improve organisation with regard to class notes, equipment and managing his/her time to meet deadlines.
P Punctuality The student must arrive to every class on time.

Student Progress

It is important to indicate whether a student is likely to achieve their target by the end of the  course. It may be that a student is currently attaining below the target grade. However, by the end of the course, this target should still be achieved because progress would be expected to be made throughout the course. Some students will already be achieving above his/her target or will be expected to exceed it by the end of the course. Students who may not be achieving the target grade will give rise to concern. The colour coding below indicates the degree of progress which an individual student is making. 

Outstanding If students sustain their current level of commitment they could expect to exceed their target grade/level at the end of the course/year.
Good* If students sustain their current level of commitment they could expect to achieve their target grade/level at the end of the course/year. *If the student is achieving the highest grade possible and has a target of the highest possible grade, then this is outstanding progress.
Requires Improvement If students sustain their current level of commitment they could expect to achieve one grade/2 sub levels below their target grade at the end of the course/year.
Unacceptable If students sustain their current level of commitment they could expect to achieve more than one grade/level below their target grade at the end of the course/year.