we use a combination of practical assessments and online electronic theory tests for S1. The practical assessments are assessed using a rubric that has between 5-6 criteria/aspects and four levels of performance within each strand written in pupil friendly language. The four levels are Need’s Improvement, Satisfactory, Good and Excellent and we also have space at the bottom for other strengths and next steps.
The practical rubrics make it easy for pupils to self and peer assess and also to develop a better understanding of what it required to reach a certain level of competence. The electronic assessments allow us to identify individual and class strengths and weaknesses as well as highlight areas where we might need additional activities or a different way of explaining a new concept. We combine both sets of data in a database that one of my colleagues has created and then use this overview to decide what level they’re performing at and whether they’re developing, consolidating or secure.