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Assessment of ICT at KS3 – Year 9 Test 1. QCA have been asked by Ministers to develop a test to provide an independent measure of pupils’ attainment in ICT at KS3. 2. When will the test be available? There will be a limited pilot in 2004 with materials available for practice and familiarisation for the pilot schools from 2003. Further pilots will take place in 2005 and 2006. These will also have supporting practice materials available from Autumn 2004. If schools are interested in being involved in any of the pilots they should email their details to the QCA ICT test development team: email@example.com 3. What will the test look like? The test will be onscreen and will assess pupils’ ICT capability across levels 3-8 of the National Curriculum. The test will be automatically marked and verified by human markers. 4. What will the test provide? It will provide summative assessment of attainment at the end of the key stage in the form of a National Curriculum level for each pupil, as well as detailed feedback about pupil performance that could be used formatively to inform future teaching and learning. 5. Schools will also be provided with practice materials designed to help pupils prepare for the tests as well as providing analyses of pupil performance that can be used on a formative basis. This will therefore complement and support the work of the Key Stage 3 Strategy and, in particular, the ICT Framework for Teaching, to drive up standards of teaching and learning by helping to raise the skills and confidence of teachers and pupils. 6. What will the test session look like? Before the session, teachers will indicate the range of levels they think a pupil is working within. Pupils will begin a session by answering a number of questions to determine whether this range is appropriate. The ICT test will be adaptive. For example, as pupils work through the session, they will be presented with questions and tasks that will depend on how they have responded previously, with the computer adjusting the level of difficulty accordingly. Once an approximate level range has been determined, pupils will be presented with a task set in a range of scenarios. The scenario will be selected to be of interest to Year 9 pupils such as a space mission or a pop venue. The task will be more or less open-ended and directed to a greater or lesser extent depending on the level a pupil is working at. The task will be supported by resources e.g text, images, data etc. to enable pupils to complete the task without needing access to the internet. Pupils will also be provided with a toolkit of applications to enable them to complete the tasks. 7. How will performance be tracked? As pupils work through the test session everything they do will be tracked by the computer and mapped against the capabilities that they are expected to demonstrate at each level of the National Curriculum. The processes demonstrated are integral to the work pupils undertake normally, such as finding things out, developing ideas and exchanging and sharing information. All the information collected about a pupil’s performance will then allow a level to be awarded along with a profile of individual strengths and weaknesses. 8. Will the test become statutory? No decision has been made as to whether or not the test might become statutory in the future. If schools choose to use the test, the feedback provided would help to inform the teacher’s own assessment of pupil performance and progress against targets. 9. Will the results of the test be published? The DfES will use the results of the test as an independent check on attainment against overall national targets, alongside the information already available from Teacher Assessment. Results will only be published when there is evidence that the test is operating reliably on a national basis. 10. What about funding for schools to support the introduction of the test? Funding for ICT infrastructure in schools is available through the Standards Fund. Training and guidance and practice materials will be available from QCA to help schools to help prepare for and administer the test.
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