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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: ks3ict@qca.org.uk
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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