Update on forthcoming Reception Baseline Assessment
April 20, 2018
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that the new Reception Baseline Assessment, designed to allow for a progress measure from the start to the end of primary school, will be designed and delivered by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).
The new baseline assessment, which will be implemented in all primary schools by the end of 2020, is described as “a twenty minute, teacher-recorded assessment of children’s communication, language, literacy and early mathematics skills”. There will be no requirement to prepare for the test and in time it will replace the statutory tests that pupils currently sit at the end of key stage 1.
The new progress measures will not apply to first, infant, middle or junior schools, all of which will be responsible for evidencing progress based on their own assessment information. More details about these arrangements are available here.
This change was one of those proposed in the DfE’s primary assessment consultation last year. However, it is important that those governing remember that the test is designed for this purpose and only gives a snapshot of children’s abilities at a certain point; the governing board will be able to draw on a wider range of information about the progress made by pupils throughout their time at school.