What is Evaluative Assessment?

  • The main purpose of evaluative assessment is to ensure that there is appropriate accountability at all levels for the performance of our school system.
  • It is used to inform curriculum planning and provide information for monitoring and accountability.

Evaluative assessment refers to those measures designed to ensure that an education system is functioning well, including concerns about school and system performance.

In Northern Ireland, this is included in the inspection process carried out by the Education and Training Inspectorate and policy initiatives such as the Department of Education’s Every School a Good School – a Policy for School Improvement.

For evaluative purposes, DE requires system level information on end of Key Stage 1, 2 and Key Stage 3 assessment outcomes for the Cross-Curricular Skills. Schools can use this data for school development and action planning. Teachers can also use this data to set class targets to improve specific pupil outcomes.