End of Key Stage Assessment Arrangements 2013-14 – Minister writes to schools

The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd, MLA has written to schools to set out the end of key stage assessment arrangements that will be in place for the coming year.

You can view the Minister’s letter here.

CCEA will be communicating the detail of the arrangements in the near future.

Throughout the first year of the new assessment arrangements there was an on-going process of research and evaluation. CCEA ran two online teacher questionnaires during March and May 2013, and also had a series of face to face feedback meetings with around 400 Principals towards the end of the summer term.

CCEA took all of this feedback and at the end of July provided the Department and the Minister with a detailed evaluation report, taking in to account all the feedback we’d received on Principals’ and teachers’ experiences of administering the new assessment arrangements. Since then there have been on-going discussions on the way forward – most recently with the teaching unions.

The CCEA research highlighted a number of areas of concern to schools:

  • the pace of implementation;
  • the submission date for Levels was too early;
  • timescales were too tight / unrealistic; and
  • the arrangements created a heavier/unmanageable workload.

The Minister has now decided on revised arrangements as summarised in his letter.

We look forward to working with schools in the weeks and months ahead to support you in delivering these revised arrangements.

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