1st Edition

Assessing Learning in the Primary Classroom

By Sandra Johnson Copyright 2012
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    Why is assessment so important in the teaching-learning process?

    How should we assess pupils in the primary classroom?

    Assessing Learning in the Primary Classroom is an accessible introduction to the concepts critical to a professional understanding of this vital aspect of a teacher’s role. It comprehensively considers the principles underpinning effective assessment, the different forms it can take and the different purposes it serves, both within and beyond the classroom.

    Linking the latest research and theory with examples of assessment in the classroom, it considers key issues such as:

    • Why we assess
    • How we assess
    • How we ensure quality in assessment: validity and reliability
    • Assessment internal and external to the school
    • Statutory assessment throughout the primary school
    • Local, national and international assessment
    • Using assessment results in pupil, teacher, school and system evaluation

    Assessing Learning in the Primary Classroom is for all students undertaking their PGCE, those working at masters level, and experienced teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of both the value and pitfalls of educational assessment.

    1. Introduction 2. Accessing and using evidence of learning 3. The building blocks of assessment  4. Creating, using and interpreting tests 5. Assessing quality in assessment 6. Statutory assessment 7. System evaluation 8. Using assessment results in evaluation


    Sandra Johnson is an independent assessment consultant, providing technical support in educational assessment through her company Assessment Europe. She has published widely in educational assessment and evaluation, and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, a member of the Editorial Boards of Assessment in Education and Educational and Psychological Measurement, and a Fellow of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe.