Twice a year students sit their Progress Tests. These assess what students have been learning during the academic year and will test both their declarative and their procedural knowledge. Regular testing of key curricula concepts enables us to monitor this knowledge over time on KS4 courses.
These tests enable teachers to know how ‘secure’ a students’ knowledge is and at Key Stage 4 the majority of tests are based on examination style questions similar to those that they will meet in their Examinations at the end of Year 11. This means that students gain an understanding of how their knowledge will be tested, they learn the techniques needed to respond to the demands of a KS4 Exam, and they learn how to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar situations which will enable them to access the higher grades.
At Chorlton High School we continue to assess as we have done for a number of years at KS4 (see below).
When assessing and reporting home to parents we want to be able to:
- Assess how well students have learnt the curriculum so that we know that students are secure in their knowledge and can be successful in their Y11 Examinations.
- Assess their attitude, approach and learning habits using the CHS Effort grade so that they can become confident independent learners. Further information on this can be found here.
Year 10 sit Progress tests twice a year in the Spring 1 half term, and Summer 2 half term.
Year 11 have three Examination seasons, the College Entry Mock Examinations in November, March mocks in the Spring Term before their final
Examinations in May/June. Further information on Examinations can be found in the Examinations section of the website here.
Reporting using current grades
At CHS we report the attainment of students at KS4 using ‘Current Grades’. These grades are based on the students’ performance at the current time and are not projected or predicted grades. It is important that the student understands what this grade means in relation to curriculum coverage and class teachers will explain this in more depth during the ‘feedback fortnights’ after the test weeks.