Assessing your students’ progress from KS2 to KS4 in 2017
The current waves of educational reform pose challenges to all organisations seeking to help schools prioritise areas to focus improvement strategies on in each new academic year. Alps is no exception to this rule. Because of the turbulence in the educational landscape we anticipate updating our benchmarks – using national data from the DfE – annually. Alps is committed to providing schools with reports that are available at the start of the academic year and evaluate their provision fairly.
We have taken two interesting decisions regarding the 2017 KS4 reports with those aims in mind. One relates to the outcome data – and has been previously signposted by us – and the other to the input KS2 data. I will first briefly reprise our decision about outcome data.
For our 2017 reports we have applied the DfE transitional 2017-19 KS4 points (e.g. GCSE A*-G) to all the 2016 results in the national data set.
This will enable us to award the 9-1 grades achieved in Maths, English Language & English Literature fairly and ensure that we are applying the same methodologies in our reports that are used later on by systems designed for the accountability measures.
Our second decision relates to the input data at KS2 for students finishing KS4 in 2017.
The 2016 students, whose data we are creating the 2017 benchmark from, had KS2 scores from 2011, which included their writing scores. The 2017 KS4 cohort have KS2 scores from 2012 which was the first year that the writing score was excluded from each student’s KS2 score calculation.
To ensure that our 2017 benchmark data is representative of progress from KS2 scores which only include Reading and Mathematics scores (as will be used in the next set of accountability tables) we have removed the writing scores from the 2016 national data set. Our 2017 benchmarks and minimum expected grades at the 75th% demonstrate the progress made in outstanding schools from KS2 scores using 2012 methodology towards KS4 outcomes based on the DfE transitional A*-G points.
The table below contains our GCSE national benchmarks for 2017. More detail around this, and other KS4 benchmarks (including subject benchmarks) is available in our KS4 Benchmark Briefing Paper. More detail on the KS2 methodology is available in our 2012 KS2 Calculation Briefing Paper, both available on our website.