Primary assessment: accountability measures and impact examined

18 January 2017

The Education Committee holds its second evidence session as part of its inquiry into primary assessment.


Wednesday 18 January 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

From 9.30am

  • Dr Rebecca Allen, Director, Education Datalab
  • Professor Harvey Goldstein, Professor of Social Statistics, University of Bristol
  • Joanna Hall, Deputy Director for Schools, Ofsted
  • Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment

From 10.30am

  • Professor Rob Coe, Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University
  • Mary James, Former Professor and Associate Director of Research, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
  • Catherine Kirkup, Research Director, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
  • Professor Dominic Wyse, Head of Department of Learning and Leadership, UCL Institute of Education

Focus of the session

This session sees the Committee examine changes to primary assessment introduced in 2016 with leading academics and research organisations, including Dr Rebecca Allen, Director of Education Datalab, Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment and representatives from organisations including Ofsted, NFER, and the UCL Institute of Education.

Witnesses are questioned on accountability measures, including the reliability of data used, and the impact of assessment, as well as the design and implementation of the new tests and potential alternative assessment systems.

Written evidence submitted towards this inquiry and the previous evidence session can be viewed on the primary assessment inquiry page.

In the first evidence session, held in December 2016, the Committee heard from teachers and teachers' organisations on the impact of primary assessment on teaching, learning and pupil wellbeing.

Further information

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