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Primary Education: Assessments

Department for Education written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of Reception Baseline Assessments.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The purpose of the reception baseline assessment (RBA) is to form the starting point for reception to year six progress measures in primary schools. The RBA has undergone a thorough review process to ensure that it is fit for purpose, including a national pilot. Data from over 340,000 assessments has now been analysed and shows that the assessment is valid and fit for purpose. The department has recently published the reception baseline assessment validity report, demonstrating the evidence that has been gathered throughout the assessment development process, showing the assessment to be an accurate assessment of children’s starting points.

The report can be found at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-baseline-assessment-validity-report.

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