Assessment Policy

Rationale 

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning and we recognise the importance of assessment in enabling the teacher to extend and enrich learning across all curriculum areas. The assessment is then used to make learning more enjoyable, more motivating and more successful for each child.
Our school policy on assessment is being updated following the implementation of “The National Strategy to improve literacy and Numeracy among children and young people 2011-2020”

Aims

  • To improve pupil learning
  • To monitor learning processes
  • To enable the child to take greater responsibility for his /her own learning
  • To involve parents and pupils in identifying and managing learning strengths or difficulties
  • To assist teachers’ long and short term planning
  • To coordinate assessment procedure on a whole school basis


Assessment for learning
The following are assessment for learning strategies used in our school for different subjects and at different class levels

Assessment of learning
Standardised tests

  • The Micra T and sigma T tests are administered to 1st class in October by the class teacher as early intervention is of the utmost importance if a child is in need of LS
  • The Micra T and Sigma T tests are administered to all classes 1st to 6th by the class teacher in month of May. If pupils are absent on the day it is administered at a later date for them by a learning support teacher.
  • Pupils exempt from these tests are pupils with mild general learning disability
  • A standardised test for a lower age group may be given to pupils with NGLD or to those pupils who are struggling significantly with their class work. This will be explained to the parents.
  • Special provisions are made for children with physical disability –
  • MIST is administered to pupils in senior infants in the month of May.
  • The results of test administered in May are communicated to parents in the end of year report using the standard score and explanatory note is enclosed.
  • The results of tests administered in autumn are communicated to parents at P/T meeting in Term also using the standard score
  • In accordance with circular 56/2011 the principal will report the annually aggregated assessment data from the standardised test to the board of management
  • Also in accordance with this circular following enrolment in another primary or post primary school a copy of the pupil’s report card which contains the standard scare from the standardised test will be forwarded to the school.

Diagnostic Assessment

  • NRIT is administered to all pupils in October in second class and results compared to standardised tests to ensure children are achieving their potential
  • NRIT and Maths Tracker and Neale analysis diagnostic tests are used to determine the appropriate learning support for individual pupils
  • Pupils are selected for diagnostic assessment based on class teachers’ observation and on Micra T and Sigma T results
  • Parents are consulted in advance of administration of the test
  • The diagnostic tests are administered by Learning support/resource teacher Mrs. Carmel O’Sullivan
  • The information about the test is shared with the principal, class teacher and with the parents
  • If necessary the principal arranges for consultation with psychologist
  • The criteria used to decide which pupils should be referred for supplementary teaching is as follows
  • LS in Maths and English for pupils in 1st and 2nd class who are at or below 30th percentile
  • LS in Maths and English pupils in 3rd to 6th class who are at or below 10th percentile – this may be extended to 20th percentile numbers permitting

Recording and storage of results

  • The pupils’ completed Micra T and Sigma T booklets are kept for one year following completion of the test
  • The results of the standardised tests are kept on computer in the office and a hard copy in the filing cabinet in the Learning support room for five years following the child reaching their eighteenth birthday
  • Annual reports cards are sent home for all pupils infants to sixth and if they have done a standardised test the test result (standard score) is recorded on the report card and a note of explanation is included. An abbreviated copy of this information including standard score result from standardised test and if the pupil attended LS is transferred to the pupils school report card which is kept in the office for 5 years after the child has reached their eighteenth birthday.

Review
This Assessment policy has been revised by Catherine Doyle Flynn in consultation with the principal, class teachers and special education teachers and will be reviewed annually in line with any future directives from the department of education and skills relating directly or indirectly to assessment