Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP) is the new buzzword of the hour in education. I must admit that my first thought was “That’s where I’ve been going wrong!” (incidentally, this is the same thought when I heard that “Every Child Matters”) but since it can effectively be used to replace the old level descriptors with a more compact and less arduous set of criteria it should actually make my life easier in the long run. There is a lot of talk about the need for creating portfolios and gatherng evidence, but thankfully the departmental cry of “It’s on the VLE!” once again comes into its own here (at least as far as I can see).
What we do need is a way of recording, storing and reviewing the criteria involved – and this is where I need help:
Lets say there are 40 criteria (8 for Level 3, 8 for Level 4 and so on…) and 3 assessed units per year. Each unit will only be able to meet some of the criteria and there will be overlaps so that the same criterion culd potentially be covered by several units.
Using Moodle I want each classroom teacher to have an online checklist of relevant criteria to mark as pass/fail for that unit in order to manually generate a level. I would also like that data to be stored so that an overall, cumulative picture can be seen at a glance. It would also be pretty much essential to be able to see/print a class set of criteria for report writing and such.