Launched in July 2021, our newest type of dynamic assessments - our End of Year assessments - can now be found on EdPlace. These assessments are available for Y1 - Y9 in English, maths and science under the 'Assessment' tab in both the parent and student accounts. To learn more about dynamic assessments in general and how they have been designed, please click here.
What are End of Year Assessments and how do they work?
The end of each school year is a key milestone for all students, regardless of where they are at in their academic journey, and it’s something that should always be celebrated! Transitioning into the next academic year can be made much easier by helping students to feel really confident in what they learnt last year and the skills they need to progress. To help with this process, we’ve introduced our End of Year assessments.
These assessments vary in length according to the age of your child. In Key Stage 1, there are 20 questions lasting approximately 10 minutes, in Key Stages 2 and 3 there are 30 questions lasting 15 minutes, and in Key Stage 4, there are 40 questions lasting 20 minutes. A timer has been added to offer further insight into your child’s performance but will not play any other role in their assessment. Students will not be locked out, and the activity will not close if they exceed the expected time, but this will be shared with you in their assessment report (more on this later!)
EdPlace's End of Year assessments will provide you with a summative snapshot of your child’s understanding across all of the key skills they should have learnt at school in this academic year. For this reason, we really recommend completing this no earlier than the final half term of the year, to ensure students have had adequate time to cover the full curriculum. This will allow your child the opportunity to give this assessment their very best shot and provide you with the most accurate picture of their understanding and needs.
How do I know the assessment will cover what my child should know?
By using the End of Year Assessment as a final check-in at the end of their current academic year, you can be sure to increase your visibility of your child’s progress and needs. The National Curriculum topics covered in these assessments match both what students have learnt throughout their year at school, plus the level of understanding matches what a student is expected to reach in relation to their current age. As always at EdPlace, all our assessments have been created by subject-specialist, qualified teachers with a minimum of five years of classroom experience.
How do I know what my child should focus on after the assessment?
Once your child has completed an End of Year Assessment, you will automatically be sent a report of their results via email. There’s also a copy available of this in your account, found under the ‘Review Completed’ section (the number of new activities here is shown in blue):
This report shows your child's overall score for the year and subject they have undertaken, before breaking down their results by National Curriculum Objective, with a visual and numerical representation in the ‘Summary of Performance’:
You will also be informed if they completed the assessment within or outside the guide time.
What’s next, once I know which areas my child needs more help with?
After reading the report and seeing the National Curriculum areas your child needs to brush up on, we have the next step covered too! With the help of EdPlace’s short National-Curriculum-aligned activities, you can create personalised practice tailored to your child’s needs. Simply assign activities within the National Curriculum area identified for focus and watch their confidence and skills soar! Click here to watch the video.
How do I know this approach works?
The beauty of the End of Year Assessments is that they can be re-sat again as the questions will change each time, therefore, you are always getting an accurate picture of your child’s progress across all areas of the National Curriculum, without the risk of memorisation or rote learning coming into play. We always recommend leaving at least 6 weeks between sittings to give students time to focus on those areas for development, boost their confidence and give you the opportunity to clearly see the progress they have made.
We’re extremely confident that, through our comprehensive resources, you’ll have all the tools at your disposal to really support your child to reach their full potential both on EdPlace and in the classroom.