is National Test Development?
is one of three agencies contracted to develop national tests
for England for 2003-2006. CRIPSATıs role is to develop assessment
of scientific enquiry in the national tests at the end of Key
Stage 2 (age 11 years) and Key stage 3 (age 14 years). This exciting
new project is one that the Research team at CRIPSAT are approaching
of the Test Development project
project provides the team with an opportunity to explore the ways
in which the different aspects of the scientific enquiry strand
of the national curriculum in England might be assessed across
different age groups. A key part of the project is an examination
of the development in children's scientific enquiry skills within
key stages 2 and 3.
is National Task Development?
team at CRIPSAT is contracted to develop optional task materials
for pupils at the lower extremes of the achievement range at Key
Stage 2 (2003-2006) and Key Stage 3 (2003-2005). These materials
maybe used to support teachers' assessment of those pupils at
the lower extreme of the achievement range. These pupils tend
not to be assessed in the main test papers at the end of Key Stage
2 and key Stage 3.
of the Task Development Project
project aims to develop optional assessment materials which could
be used to support teachers' assessment of those children at the
lower extreme of the achievement range. It is intended that pupils
should find these materials engaging and accessible. It is also
important that teachers should find them easy to administer and
mark. The materials will assess knowledge and understanding as
well as some aspects of scientific enquiry. A rolling programme
of task development over the length of the contract will result
in sets of assessment materials that will form a reusable resource