From September 2012 new assessment arrangements have been in place to support the Northern Ireland Curriculum. These include arrangements for assessment of the cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Since 2010 CCEA has carried out a process of ongoing engagement and development, including:
- a small 'Shadow Year' trial with a number of primary and post-primary schools (2011-2012);
- implementation of new assessment arrangements for Communication and Using Mathematics (2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2014-2015 and 2015-2016): and
- full incorporation of Using ICT into the current arrangements (from 2016-2017).
At Key Stage 3, teachers should assess and report pupils' progress with reference to the Levels of Progression for Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT. Schools are also required to report numerical outcomes to parents and to CCEA at the end of the key stage.
Please note that 2016-2017 is the first year in which the Levels of Progression for Using ICT must be used for assessing and reporting pupil progress.
In 2016-2017 moderation processes also are in place to quality assure outcomes for Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT.