Assessment and Reporting
How the Assessment System works – Go4School Reports & Assessment Folders
The opportunity to track student assessment performance is available for families throughout the academic year. Assessments are conducted as GCSE/A level style exams. Grades can be viewed online at the Go4Schools site https://www.go4schools.com. All you need to do is to provide the email address that has been registered as your contact for Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology. You will then be issued with a password which allows you to view your child’s grade page and full written report. The full report is available once a year. For Year 11 and 13 this is in January and for Year 10 and 12 in July. New grades are entered by teachers after every assessment point (October, December, March and June). We will alert you via the bulletin when entry of these new grades has been completed.
After an assessment, all students will get feedback from their teachers which allows them to analyse their exams so they can do better next time. Feedback is also given on tests or extended pieces of work between exams. This marked work is called an interim assessment and although grades are not entered into Go4Schools, students will use it to help them progress. The feedback from exam style assessments and interim assessments is presented on a form printed onto orange paper so that it can be easily identified. The actions highlighted in the feedback (orange) sheet represent a communication between students and teacher and are kept next to the assessed (marked) exam paper/piece of work in the students Assessment Folder.
Within school teaching staff operate an individual student tracking process, called the OTI (Outcomes Tracking and Intervention). The Director of Student Progress and Deputy Principal work together with their subject and pastoral teams to review how every child is performing using the grades on Go4Schools. From these they determine any additional support and intervention that a student may require above and beyond teacher feedback, to perform better in the future.
How we report Assessment Grades – Understanding the Go4Schools information
At Key Stage 4, that is – in years 10 and 11,
The AT A GLANCE chart shows how far above expectations a students is in each subject. If a student is +1.0, they are a whole grade above the minimum expected for a student with the same starting grades into secondary school as your child. See the example overleaf.
The DETAILED PROGRESS chart (see below) shows the current grade that a student is working at from their most recent assessment. It matches this against a termly minimum expectation of where they should be (Aut Min, Spr Min). To understand the detail of how this expectation is calculated please see the information below about the KS4 flight path. The colour code gives a quick method of viewing this. Teacher predictions for the end of the course are included too. Target grades (not currently shown, but to be incorporated into Go4Schools in June) are shared with students by their teachers as aspirational goals.
The PROGRESS AND REPORTS chart compares the current grade to the previous one for each subject.
ATTENDANCE and TIMETABLES are also included on Go4Schools but not shown here.
The Key Stage 4 CAST ‘Flight Path’:
The Flight Path used by our college allows us to check that every student is making academic progress at a rate which will allow them to achieve the average expected grade given their academic starting points. The flight path used is one loosely based on Progress 8 at GCSE.
Progress 8 grades, using numbers 1-9, have been introduced this year to measure student performance in Maths and English. Next year they will be used to measure all subjects. The grades that students will be expected to achieve (across 8 subjects) have been calculated on their key stage 2 score (end of Primary). We can draw a line that shows a flightpath to achieve the year 11 grade.
We set aspirational target grades (dotted line) which lie above the expected end point and we encourage students to focus on these end grades rather than the expected minimum.
The flight path line is checked at regular assessment points, usually at the end of a term, so that we can match grades and check that students are always ‘on track’ or above these minimums. See below. In the graph we can see that a student who has started secondary school with a 4b (orange) in his/her key stage 2 SATs would start at grade 1.75 and be expected to progress to Grade 3.25 by the start of year 10.
Therefore if this student had achieved a 3.5 or above in his/her spring assessment of year 10 then he/she would be above the expected grade and coloured green on any report. This student would therefore be making progress in line with a final expected grade of a high 4 (4.75 or 4+). Exam results are not issued as decimals, but as whole grades so the student we have used to illustrate the flight path would be making progress if they achieved a grade 4 (a C in the old letter grades) in their final GCSE exams.
The DETAILED PROGRESS chart shows the predicted grade that a student is working at estimated from their current grade. It matches this prediction against an ALIS expectation of where they should be by the end of the course. The colour code gives a quick method of viewing this. Students, when they enter Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, take an ALIS test and this generates an aspirational grade (ALIS…) which usually lies above the expectation. We promote this as the goal a student should be working towards. The BTEC DETAILED PROGRESS chart looks similar but with a single subject.
The PROGRESS AND REPORTS chart compares the current grade to the previous one for each subject. The A level and BTEC examples are illustrated below.
Sixth Form Open Evenings
CAST Sixth Form Open Evening will be taking place on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. These events are aimed at students who are interested in applying for a September 2020 start. Sign up here.