We have had a number of queries lately asking whether or not we have anything planned in terms of building in value added progress measures within Classroom Monitor this year. The simple answer is, I am afraid, no. Not because we do not want to help with that but simply because to do so would not give an accurate picture. No-one will really know what the value added will look like from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 until the Autumn term, when it appears in RAISE Online. Even when that is released the idea is not to then attribute individual pupil VA – although this will have been done at DfE level. Schools will find out their whole cohort progress and find out if they are above floor standard – and we know how important that will be for schools given the attainment nationally!
We could make something up and attempt any number of rough calculations. However, we do not feel that would be a responsible use of our time as the likelihood is that we would either come out with misleading data at best and downright wrong data at worst.
What we do know, however, is that we have a benefit of scale which allows us to look at data across a large number of schools, if required. So there is something we would like to do with this. Not with value added. But with attainment in general – both of the tests, the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks, and the curricula we have in multiple schools. We would like to analyse this to see if we can find correlations which will be useful to schools. As this is the first year that everyone has been using all of these new measures it would be fascinating to see if we can do some national analysis of our schools and find any trends which would be useful to pass on to you.
So what we would like to urge schools to do, in order to help with this, is to add your SATs scaled scores into Classroom Monitor, if you haven’t done so already, so that we can get as big a cross section as possible to analyse. When we do analyse this data we will, of course, anonymise all data from pupil level to school level information to ensure noone is able to identify particular schools/pupils. However, we hope you can see the value in adding your information to give us a really good base of data.
We will analyse the data as soon as we have a good number of schools with SATs scaled score results and then release our findings in a further blog as soon as possible.
To add your Scaled Scores go to Attainment and Progress => Pupil Tracking – choose your cohort, the curriculum “2016 SATs” and then the relevant Key Stage and subjects i.e. KS2 Reading, KS2 SPaG, KS2 Mathematics. Choose July or “Now” as the timeframe and then use the drop down boxes to choose the right scaled score for each pupil in each subject. This help page and video will show how to do this.
We appreciate schools helping with this. We hope to repay your assistance by producing lots of interesting data of our own for you!